How to Use Email

From the Praxis blog.  Amusing note: when originally published, this post probably got more anger and disagreement than any I've written. I don’t care how old-school it may seem to younger people, email remains the dominant form of communication in the business world.  It is absolutely essential…


The Line Between Finding Your Method and Letting Yourself Off the Hook

I listen to a lot of podcasts and read a lot of interviews and articles about the different habits and schedules of successful people.  Some get up at 4:00 AM, some get up at 11:00 AM.  Some work 16 hours in a day, some work two.  Some need people and energy around, some need solitude.  Every one…


The Infantilization of Everyone

Yesterday I saw an article by a teacher in the Bay Area asking NBA MVP Stephan Curry to not visit his school.  The teacher loves Steph's team and Steph's game and is happy for his success.  He just doesn't want him to come visit the kids because he's afraid the kids will think they can do…


Ask Isaac: Grab Bag - Optimism, Failure, Aging, and More

The second installment of "Ask Isaac", where I respond to listener questions, covers a handful of questions posed on Facebook.  When is quitting smart and when should you push through?  Is aging a disease?  Can you be duped by your own optimism? Feel free to send along questions of your own on…


How Nike Supports the Arts

The Kobe Bryant ads featuring Kayne West, Jerry Rice, Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, and others are so amazingly good and have provided me with ridiculous entertainment value. It got me thinking... I have been a consumer of Nike for years, but I can't remember the last time I paid a dime for…


The Secret Skill That Beats All the Rest

From the Praxis blog.  I’m going to tell you a secret. There is a skill you can master which will guarantee everything you do will improve by at least 50%, but probably more like 100%, and more over time. The best part about this skill is it’s easy. Anyone can obtain it. You don’t need to have any…


Your Lack of Income Can Be an Asset

From the Praxis blog. Let’s say you want to do something awesome.  Maybe you’re interested in being a part of a startup or an entrepreneurial business.  Maybe you’ve got a creative side, and you’d jump at the chance to work on a movie script.  The less cushy your current life, the…


Episode 13: Albert Lu on Podcasting, Parenting, and the Patriots

Albert Lu, host of the Power & Market Report, joins me to talk about how he went from engineering to financial management to podcasting.  Albert is the one who convinced me to start a podcast, so the show is really his brainchild!  We also discuss parenting and the free-range education of…


Debt Can Limit Your Options (even when it's 'worth it')

From the Praxis blog. It’s hard to find a way to combine your career with your passion. It’s much harder if you need to make a lot of money to pay for your lifestyle, loans, etc. I know a number of people who make lots of money – enough to make that law degree a sound financial investment, for…


Two Weeks on Soylent

I just completed my two week Soylent experiment.  I loved it! For the past 15 days I had Soylent for breakfast and lunch, with the exception of one day each weekend.  It was fast, easy, filling, and I felt great.  I often skimp or skip breakfast altogether, and lunch is either a…