Alain de Botton on love

Lessons on love from Alain De Botton interviewed by Krista Tippett: Humans are naturally incapable of finding perfect love. Funding a perfect partner to complete you is a myth we all buy into.  Because of this myth of perfect love, we struggle more than we have to in our relationships.  …

Know if your idea is good

This is inspired by Seth Godin. His idea of “first, ten” – when you’re first creating a product like, a podcast, share an early version with ten people you know and trust.  Forget about their feedback and compliments, they’re probably being nice. Instead, see if they share it with other’s. If …

No Seneca like the Present

College must have been a Conspiracy. We studied the Ancient Greeks, the Continental Philosophers, contemporary and postmodern. As a philosophy minor, I was under the impression that the Ancient Romans must have abstained from practicing it. They must have been warriors, or something.  Fortunately, I was proven wrong. Stoicism was …

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 …

Questions to Ask Anyone

People want to be heard. They want to share their stories. They want to be recognized. Connect on that level and you’ll have a friend for life. And sometimes all it takes is one good question. Below are some questions that have helped me create those moments of connection: If …

Exponential Wisdom Episode 12 Podcast Notes

Peter Diamandis and Dan Sullivan talk about disruption in agriculture and the transportation  Agriculture is a 2 trillion dollar industry.  Sensor tech will be critical in agricultural changes – we’re heading towards a trillion sensor economy.  With Drones and spacecraft we’ll have a “godlike” knowledge of what is growing and …

Death Clock

I’m conflicted about this post. What was supposed to be a productivity hack, turned into an emotionally draining dance with mortality. It works, but you have been forewarned.  But first,  Fight Club. Meet Raymond K Hessel. Convenience store clerk, with no direction in life. A college dropout with no ambition. …