“Stare at the world, not at your model.”

Continually learning, constantly changing. The human mind is as fickle as the seasons. It is not mathematical models that predict the future but the law of nature. Writes Richard Bookstaber in his book The End of Theory. “The world could be changing right now in ways that will blindside you down the road.” Nothing is linear and predictable; […]

TED Talk: Tim Ferriss ‘Fear-setting’

As an entrepreneur, writer, podcaster, investor, motivational speaker, and life hacker, Tim Ferriss is a jack of all trades. Like many of us, he’s obsessed with work and optimizing work habits. But he learned the hard way. A near suicide and a breakup with his girlfriend made him change. Instead of being goal-driven, he played with […]

Quick hits pervert happiness

You can’t solve your problems by simply buying things. Materialism is a temporary form of happiness. Pursuing short term dopamine paints the surface. Stress and discomfort always volley right back. Long-term joy comes from the satisfaction of knowing that your health and emotions are in check. Man is a strange and contradictory animal. He chases […]

Work first, passion second

“Passion is not something you follow. It’s something that will follow you as you put in the hard work to become valuable to the world.” Cal Newport Passion is something you discover after the work has been done.  You can’t possibly know what you’re passionate about without experimenting first.  You may have an idea about […]

Solitude and leadership

A lot of people think thinkers can’t be leaders. But that’s exactly what leadership is: thinking. The leader of a group takes what they read and hear internally and externally and originates his/her own thought. They speak for themselves. As former Yale professor and best-selling author William Deresiewicz said in his 2009 speech to West Point […]