Episode 28: Chad Grills on Accelerated Learning, Antifragility, and Definite Optimism

I interview Chad Grills, a tech entrepreneur and the curator of the Medium publication Life Learning, about his three core passions: Accelerated learning, antifragility, and definite optimism. All episodes available on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Stitcher.


Unexpected Ways I've Changed in Recent Years

I now enjoy Twitter more than Facebook I used to be an extrovert, now I'm an introvert I now prefer cheap, lighter beers over fancy, heavier craft brews I used to only take coffee black, now I quite enjoy cream I now listen to new age type mood music as much as classic rock I now prefer writing to…


Does Future Orientation Mean Anything?

It's not easy to stay out of the future. I live a lot of my life there.  I don't know that it's bad, but there is this universal approval of ideas like, "be in the present moment", and, "don't put off living for some future date".  Those platitudes sound right and put the tiniest weight of guilt on…


Why You Should Apply to Praxis

Praxis requires the right people.  It's a challenging program.  It's not for everyone. So who's a good fit?  If you or someone you know fits any of these descriptions, it might be a match made in heaven... You're good, but you're bored You can do well in school.  You're typically one of the best…


When Your Kids Call You Out

I walked into the kitchen this morning to grab a snack while working on my phone.  My five year old daughter called to me from the other room. "Daddy, can you draw a face on this for me?" I was in the middle of work, trying to get a quick bit of nutrients and return to my office.  I was distracted.…


Doing Work You Love and Being Happy Are Not Necessarily the Same Thing

Would you believe me if I told you that people can be happy doing work they hate? Everyone wants to be happy.  Well, there is actually some debate about what people want and whether the word "happy" is the the most accurate.  Call it utility, or fulfillment, or flow, or bliss, or the good life, or…


Ask Isaac: Economy, Cats, Fiction, Taco Bell, Rap, Startups, Led Zeppelin and More...

I got some good, fun, and weird questions on Facebook and I try to blaze through each and every one of them. This and all episodes are available on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Stitcher.


Episode 27: Michael Gibson on Leaving Academia to Pursue Ideas

Michael Gibson was pursuing a PhD in philosophy when it struck him that the really big ideas weren't being advanced within the walls of academia. He left, got into the tech world, and found himself running investor Peter Thiel's fellowship program for young college droupouts. He's recently…


Entrepreneurship Needs the Right Context

Entrepreneurship is really sexy right now.  Startup founders are like rock stars and you can't go a day without seeing articles about them.  As far as it goes, I welcome this trend.  Entrepreneurship, as J.B. Say might define it, is the act of moving resources from lower to higher valued uses, or…


Working Hard Doesn't Have to Mean Burnout

I often write about how you can succeed by working your butt off to be the most reliable, consistent, effective person in whatever work setting you find yourself.  I talk about the need to be so good and so reliable that those you work with never have to worry about you.  I had an interesting…