Talking with TK Again


Felt the need to flip on the mic and catch up with my good friend TK Coleman.

https://youtu.be/071F5kEFJoQ

Latest Issue of the Inner Game of Startups: #41


This is a weekly paid subscription newsletter where I share the honest ins and outs of building a company.

You can read and subscribe here (some of the issues are free).

A Little Something Different


Flipped on the mic this morning and just did an unscripted little bit about the problem with police.

Oh, and some F bombs, so probably don't play it around small children or church ladies. It's comedy, so you're not allowed to be offended. ;-)

https://soundcloud.com/isaacmorehouse/lives-matter

Writing Honest


It's hard to write honest.

Sometimes the "truest sentence you know", as Hemingway advised to write, is something you don't want to say. Or something you don't even want to know.

Honest doesn't have to mean some kind of deep pouring out of feelings. It doesn't mean sharing personal information. It doesn't mean poignant or moving or cutting. It just means true. True to what you know.

Sometimes honest writing is funny, sometimes sober. Sometimes expository, sometimes narrative. The difficulty is, you don't know what honest writing for each session will look like until you start. At least I don't.

The truest sentence I know today is that I'm having a hard time formulating what I know and feel in my gut into any kind of words. And I'm pretty sure I don't want to anyway. So I'm honestly writing about the difficulty of honest writing.

Bullshit if True


Sometimes you don't have to wait for the facts to come in to know if something's wrong.

It's easy to feel sophisticated by telling yourself you're waiting until you've reviewed all the relevant data. The data become the focus, and you dissect and debate what it might mean and wait and seek for more. The better informed the better!

But sometimes, if you step back and ask what different data would do to change actions, there isn't a clear answer. You've gotten sucked unto analyzing info, supposedly to help you form a deferred judgement, but the thing you're forming a judgement about didn't need more info in the first place and more info wouldn't alter or clear it up.

Sometimes you just know. But you're afraid. It feels too bold. Haphazard, radical, simple. Well, sometimes the right thing is.

Sometimes a spade is a spade, and info about where it came from, who put it there, or the odds of it showing up again are intellectual exercises not necessary to form a judgement and do what needs to be done.

Create Before You Consume


It seems like you should have to consume information and ideas to get inspiration. But it's not true.

School and most formal teaching begin with information stuffing. You cram facts into your head for weeks or even years, preparing to someday do something. This is the surest way to reduce the odds that you ever do anything original. This is like a Keynesian theory of knowledge. "We'll all get better if we keep consuming stuff."

You don't need to consume before you create.

My best mornings begin on this blog. Before email, text, Slack, Twitter, or any other external source of information. When I begin with creation, the creation is better, the day is better, and I'm better.

Days when I wait until late in the day to write my blog always feel more chaotic. The blog feels more obligatory than cathartic. It's more a jumble of reflected feelings picked up during the day, instead of an expression of stuff inside me stirred up while I slept. That's the stuff that tends to be most original and interesting. To me, if not to anyone else. (And I blog for me, not anyone else).

I highly recommend, as an approach to writing as well as learning anything else, creation before consumption. Pick up a guitar and start plucking. Grab a brush and start painting. Try figuring out equations, speaking Spanish, or ice skating. Before you study them.

Go create. This will provide the context for consumption that makes it vastly more valuable. Creators are better critics too.

Stalwart Haiku


There's an energy

That wants you to get panicked

Refuse to give in

What Makes Money?


A discussion on the money properties of bitcoin and how to bootstrap a currency.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ0SH9G2w1w

Isaac Morehouse


Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He’s written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning.

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Talking with TK Again


Felt the need to flip on the mic and catch up with my good friend TK Coleman.

https://youtu.be/071F5kEFJoQ

Latest Issue of the Inner Game of Startups: #41


This is a weekly paid subscription newsletter where I share the honest ins and outs of building a company.

You can read and subscribe here (some of the issues are free).

A Little Something Different


Flipped on the mic this morning and just did an unscripted little bit about the problem with police.

Oh, and some F bombs, so probably don't play it around small children or church ladies. It's comedy, so you're not allowed to be offended. ;-)

https://soundcloud.com/isaacmorehouse/lives-matter

Writing Honest


It's hard to write honest.

Sometimes the "truest sentence you know", as Hemingway advised to write, is something you don't want to say. Or something you don't even want to know.

Honest doesn't have to mean some kind of deep pouring out of feelings. It doesn't mean sharing personal information. It doesn't mean poignant or moving or cutting. It just means true. True to what you know.

Sometimes honest writing is funny, sometimes sober. Sometimes expository, sometimes narrative. The difficulty is, you don't know what honest writing for each session will look like until you start. At least I don't.

The truest sentence I know today is that I'm having a hard time formulating what I know and feel in my gut into any kind of words. And I'm pretty sure I don't want to anyway. So I'm honestly writing about the difficulty of honest writing.

Bullshit if True


Sometimes you don't have to wait for the facts to come in to know if something's wrong.

It's easy to feel sophisticated by telling yourself you're waiting until you've reviewed all the relevant data. The data become the focus, and you dissect and debate what it might mean and wait and seek for more. The better informed the better!

But sometimes, if you step back and ask what different data would do to change actions, there isn't a clear answer. You've gotten sucked unto analyzing info, supposedly to help you form a deferred judgement, but the thing you're forming a judgement about didn't need more info in the first place and more info wouldn't alter or clear it up.

Sometimes you just know. But you're afraid. It feels too bold. Haphazard, radical, simple. Well, sometimes the right thing is.

Sometimes a spade is a spade, and info about where it came from, who put it there, or the odds of it showing up again are intellectual exercises not necessary to form a judgement and do what needs to be done.

Isaac Morehouse


Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program making degrees irrelevant for careers. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He’s written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning.

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