Are goals even necessary? 

I devoted the last month to searching for goals. Deep down, what is it that I really want out of life? A 30 day experiment would be a good challenge to try to find those goals. I’m not a self help guru, so I won’t lie about the miraculous transformation that it led …

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting College

My kid sister just started college, and I decided to compile some of the advice I wish I received before going.  Growing up in an immigrant household, there were a lot of things about a successful college experience that my parents simply didn’t know to teach me (Internships? Why would …

James Altucher on Anxiety

Watching Chase Jarvis interview James Altucher on his 30 Days of Genius series, and this nugget stood out: When Altucher wakes up at 3am full of worry or anxiety, instead of fighting it, he reschedules it to 3pm the next day. By allowing himself to come back to it later, he …

The Deathclock is Wrong

Five weeks ago, we read about the Deathclock. It’s a brain hack to remind us that life is temporary, and to make the most of that short time.  Today, I’m asking you not to do that.  The method is effective, but the long term outcome can be… deadly. In the Deathclock, …

A Case for Child Labor 

This isn’t about the glorious days of child soldiers and underage coal miners. Those weren’t cool. However, labor laws and mandatory K-12 schooling can soon be revisited. Most of the education curriculum can be consolidated into a five year program. Let kids finish school at 13 or 14, then let …

Computational Thinking

Why is the biggest car service company in the world (Uber) actually a Tech company? Same with the hospitality industry (Airbnb). Same reason tech mogul Elon Musk is competing with Google for the car industry. Why a small digital book seller (Amazon) became the biggest retailer in the world. Let’s …

The unfair advantage no one uses

Fiction, non-fiction, whatever, reading is the ultimate brain hack. An unfair advantage. It grows curiosity, and fuels richer conversations – two things that lead to fulfillment and success. This is especially true for long-form content (like books), because people get intimidated by the length. Secrets hidden in plain sight.  With …