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Lesson #1: Capital Trumps Courage

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:33:08 +0000

This is the first lesson in a four-part series on identifying rare and valuable career skills and then putting in the work to get really good at them. We’ll only be posting the first lesson to the blog, so if you want to see the rest, you’ll have to join my newsletter. This first lesson […]



You Should Have More Spectacular Failures

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:06:26 +0000

Most advice is calibration. Eat less (because you’re inclined to overeat). Study more (because you’ll probably wait too long and cram right before the exam). Procrastinate less (because you’ll probably spend days stressing about trying to do the thing that if you just did it now, it wouldn’t be all that bad). I try to […]



Gri-Gri, Money and Bootstrapped Truths

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:02:05 +0000

Why does money have value? After all, if I went with some colorful feathers and tried to use them to purchase a hamburger, I’d get laughed right out of McDonald’s. Then, why do colorful pieces of paper and metal work instead? According to Yuval Harari in his book Sapiens, the answer is that the value […]



Book Club: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (June 2017)

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:21:45 +0000

Kalid Azad and I discuss June’s book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. We discuss the practical implications of the book as well as some of its loftier philosophical ambitions. If you would rather read the transcript, download it here. Below are some highlights: …on the analytical “knife” and what is created/destroyed in the […]



Do You Need Self-Discipline to Have Fun?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:07:11 +0000

Hedonism is a school of thought that says maximizing one’s own pleasure is the ultimate goal in life. Originally stated by Aristippus, a student of Socrates, the term has become pejorative, usually referring to people who indulge excessively in sensory pleasures of food, drugs or sex. Most people don’t take hedonism seriously, or directly try […]



How Much Do You Really Understand?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:48:19 +0000

How do you know when you understand something? This is trickier than it seems. Explanations are recursive. recursive. Recursion is the algorithmic equivalent of Matryoshka dolls. The same process nested inside itself again and again. This may sound complicated, but we use recursive processes all the time. recursive processes all the time. Consider trying to […]



The Essential Education: If You Had Ten Years to Learn Anything, What Would You Do?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:34:48 +0000

I can remember years ago having a discussion with someone about the purpose of college. I was arguing that university often doesn’t do a good job of preparing young people for the world of work, and my friend was arguing that I was missing the point. College isn’t about economic preparedness, but about educating people […]



Multiply or Add?

Tue, 30 May 2017 16:21:06 +0000

One of the most influential essays for me in starting a business, was this early article by Steve Pavlina. In the essay, he argues that building a successful company comes from a combination of factors (product quality, market demand, sales copy, etc.): “And let’s say that for each factor there is a range of effectiveness […]



Book Club: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (June 2017)

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:14:37 +0000

I like to read a lot of books. But, if you’re like me, you often find that you read a book that sparks a lot of interesting ideas, hoping to discuss it with your friends, and find that you can’t find many people who have read the same books as you. That’s why I’m starting […]



New Project: Level Up Korean with Five Hours Per Week

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:13:09 +0000

One of the most important variables in any learning project is simply how much time you devote. Devoting fifty hours per week is going to have much faster progress than fifty minutes each week. This should be obvious. However, when evaluating the success of others, this factor of hourly time investment is often ignored. People […]