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April 16, 2017

Being Wrong

There are beliefs you hold onto for dear life (like the belief in a higher being) and inconsequential opinions (like...

January 15, 2017

Books from 2016

December 25, 2016

Lessons from 2016

Direct compassion inwards. Solace should be sought out not run from. Get out of your own way. The immeasurables are...

December 11, 2016

Dates with Lucy

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, which should be obvious, but just in case this disclaimer is here. I take zero...

December 4, 2016

Carving a Life

What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like? [...] So I always...

October 23, 2016

Privilege

“Sometimes I would go to school and my friends would be missing their limbs,” said my mother, recounting Vietnam before...

September 18, 2016

Real and Imagined Boundaries

The light shining into the room outlined a silhouette of the familiar short-ish man. He faced away from me looking...

September 11, 2016

Erasing Passion

A sharp breath escaped me as the needle hit my spine again. My tattoo artist asked, “You alright?” to which...

September 4, 2016

Getting Out of Your Own Way

Self-improvement is a laudable goal. It’s as inseparable from tech culture as efficiency hacking or Soylent (these may be two...

July 31, 2016

Beauty in the Immeasurables

A couple of years ago, my best friend and I went on a road trip from Paris, to Grenoble, down...

July 10, 2016

Six Six Five

When the internet was mostly words there was a blog called 665. For 665 days, it’s creator wrote 665 posts....

June 12, 2016

Your Own

There are days when going to work isn’t an appealing option. This is not a comment on Shopify; generally I...

June 5, 2016

Goal Setting

I set up goals on a yearly basis. Anything beyond that doesn’t work for me because anything beyond one year...

May 10, 2016

His Greatest Gift

“I have nothing to give you,” was one of the last things he said to me. We were standing in...

April 27, 2016

Everything’s Great

“The Big Short” was a film released last year covering the collapse of the housing market and unearthing the apathy...

March 14, 2016

Bears and Clocks

Six years ago, I flew to Australia for the second time to visit my grandparents and relatives. I don’t get...

February 23, 2016

Yearly Themes

One of the books I read last year was a commencement speech book. I’ll admit I love commencement speeches so...

January 12, 2016

46 Books Later

December 31, 2015

2015 was Pineapples

Vulnerability is your greatest strength. Hate is not negative. Social validation is not a good motivator. No one has the...

November 11, 2015

Two Years as an Airbnb Host

After a break-up with my partner, I ended up with a mortgage I could afford but not comfortably. The idea...

November 7, 2015

The Moon, Aggression and a Confession

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

September 10, 2015

The Night I Met “Hate”

My life generally has been pretty positive. I was raised by two parents whose commitment to their partnership is nothing...

August 12, 2015

Let’s Talk Money

We’re going to talk about money.

June 24, 2014

This is Water

David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech for Kenyon graduates in 2005 opens with a parable,

April 16, 2017

Being Wrong

There are beliefs you hold onto for dear life (like the belief in a higher being) and inconsequential opinions (like...

January 15, 2017

Books from 2016

December 25, 2016

Lessons from 2016

Direct compassion inwards. Solace should be sought out not run from. Get out of your own way. The immeasurables are...

December 11, 2016

Dates with Lucy

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, which should be obvious, but just in case this disclaimer is here. I take zero...

December 4, 2016

Carving a Life

What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like? [...] So I always...

October 23, 2016

Privilege

“Sometimes I would go to school and my friends would be missing their limbs,” said my mother, recounting Vietnam before...

September 18, 2016

Real and Imagined Boundaries

The light shining into the room outlined a silhouette of the familiar short-ish man. He faced away from me looking...

September 11, 2016

Erasing Passion

A sharp breath escaped me as the needle hit my spine again. My tattoo artist asked, “You alright?” to which...

September 4, 2016

Getting Out of Your Own Way

Self-improvement is a laudable goal. It’s as inseparable from tech culture as efficiency hacking or Soylent (these may be two...

July 31, 2016

Beauty in the Immeasurables

A couple of years ago, my best friend and I went on a road trip from Paris, to Grenoble, down...

July 10, 2016

Six Six Five

When the internet was mostly words there was a blog called 665. For 665 days, it’s creator wrote 665 posts....

June 12, 2016

Your Own

There are days when going to work isn’t an appealing option. This is not a comment on Shopify; generally I...

June 5, 2016

Goal Setting

I set up goals on a yearly basis. Anything beyond that doesn’t work for me because anything beyond one year...

May 10, 2016

His Greatest Gift

“I have nothing to give you,” was one of the last things he said to me. We were standing in...

April 27, 2016

Everything’s Great

“The Big Short” was a film released last year covering the collapse of the housing market and unearthing the apathy...

March 14, 2016

Bears and Clocks

Six years ago, I flew to Australia for the second time to visit my grandparents and relatives. I don’t get...

February 23, 2016

Yearly Themes

One of the books I read last year was a commencement speech book. I’ll admit I love commencement speeches so...

January 12, 2016

46 Books Later

December 31, 2015

2015 was Pineapples

Vulnerability is your greatest strength. Hate is not negative. Social validation is not a good motivator. No one has the...

November 11, 2015

Two Years as an Airbnb Host

After a break-up with my partner, I ended up with a mortgage I could afford but not comfortably. The idea...

November 7, 2015

The Moon, Aggression and a Confession

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

September 10, 2015

The Night I Met “Hate”

My life generally has been pretty positive. I was raised by two parents whose commitment to their partnership is nothing...

August 12, 2015

Let’s Talk Money

We’re going to talk about money.

June 24, 2014

This is Water

David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech for Kenyon graduates in 2005 opens with a parable,

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November 8, 2017

Follow Your Own Advice

Out of all the advice I give I tend to give this one the most often. It’s old-school advice drilled...

April 9, 2017

Two Habits that Changed my Career

It’s the small things that make big waves. I have two habits I’ve picked up over the years which I...

April 2, 2017

On Commitment

The biggest lessons I’ve ever learned were from periods of extended commitment. Our available choices now send us into paralysis...

March 26, 2017

Retrospectives: Bring Me Only Problems

Asking for solutions first is bad management advice. ‘Don’t bring me problems—bring me solutions!’ teaches your team not to speak...