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Book Review: The Wisdom of Insecurity

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:16:53 +0000

A few friends recommended I read this book, because of my budding interest in Buddhism and Eastern religions. Alan Watts was one of the big popularizers of Zen and other Asian spiritual philosophies in the 50s and 60s, and I greatly enjoyed his television program. I’ve become interested in these sorts of ideas because, for […]

Simplicity Beats Nuance: Why the Wrong Answer Can Often Beat the Correct One

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:02:22 +0000

Nobody wants to be told their views are oversimplified. So, when thinking about issues, we tend to try to include as many factors as possible. The more nuanced our views become, the less likely they can be attacked for missing something important. But are more nuanced ways of thinking about a problem actually more useful? […]

Should You Set Deadlines for Your Goals?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:21:50 +0000

Say you have a personal goal: you want to build a business, lose weight or learn a language. Does it make more sense to set a deadline for that goal (i.e. I want to speak conversational French in 9 months) or should you ignore it? I think this is an interesting question because, on the […]

What’s More Productive: Counting Hours or Tasks Accomplished?

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:21:38 +0000

I’m a big fan of setting constraints to get work done. If you make work a scarcer quantity, you’re more likely to use time wisely and get things done than if it feels like an endless to-do list. There’s two key ways you can do this: restrict your hours or restrict your workload. Restricting hours […]

Why Most People Get Stuck in Their Careers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:43:56 +0000

During this week, Cal Newport and I want to share some of few of the most useful and surprising lessons we’ve learned from teaching our career mastery course, Top Performer, to over two thousand students. We will only be posting this first lesson publicly. If you want to get the other lessons (for free), please […]

What I’ve Been Reading

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:28:27 +0000

Here’s some of the books I’ve read lately: Flash Boys – Michael Lewis’s book about high-frequency trading and Wall Street corruption. I’m quite envious of Lewis’s ability to take a complicated story that hinges on weird financial derivatives and somehow make it a page-turner. The Undoing Project – Also by Lewis, this one covers Israeli […]

First, See the Circle

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:11:43 +0000

I really enjoyed the first season of HBO’s Westworld. I’m a fan of the robots-who-might-be-conscious-vs-exploitative-humans trope in all its many incarnations, but I felt this show did a particularly good job. The reason I liked it most was the constant uncanny valley between spontaneous and scripted behavior. Without spoiling anything, the show does a masterful […]

Don’t Be Busy

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:53:15 +0000

The most useful and counterintuitive productivity advice I was ever given was don’t be busy. Do less things. Commit to fewer responsibilities. Don’t try to fill your schedule up. It’s strange advice because busyness is one of the things we most associate with productive people. Think of the CEO who works 100 hour workweeks or […]

What if This Were Your Only Chance?

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:23:28 +0000

I’ve traveled to a lot of cities. I’ve also lived for more than a few months in several of them. It would seem obvious that the places I know best be the ones that I spent the most time in. But strangely, this often isn’t the case. I did far more sightseeing and tourist activities […]

What’s Wrong With Just Reading Book Summaries?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:38:01 +0000

I was having a conversation with a friend who likes to read book summaries. He’s not a big reader, but still wants the ideas from great books, so he goes out of his way to read the summaries of lots of books to get the gist of their main ideas. I do occasionally read book […]