Rules of Ascendancy: Drama is the Enemy of Progress

I'm going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  One of the differences between the three is how they approach drama. Average drama Average people love drama.  It's a distraction from the boredom of daily life.  Average people enjoy drama in a self-aware…


The Call of Christ to Freedom, by Stephen Legate

Thirteen years ago, age 20 and grappling with how to make the world freer, my good friend Leon Drolet (I think only the second time I met him) handed me photocopied article from Liberty magazine.  He'd heard I was a Christian, and though he was not, he made several copies of this article and handed…


The Five Phases of a Creator's Relationship to Haters

Phase 1: They hurt you. This is the phase where you want to quit, and many do. Phase 2: They anger you. This is the phase where you react with rebuttals and get into endless flame wars. Phase 3: They amuse you. This is the phase where you use their hate as fodder for comedy with your friends,…


Rules of Ascendancy: Know When to Play the Game

I'm going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  One of the differences between the three is how they approach games. What are games? Games are everywhere.  Every social setting and institution is made of games, mostly unwritten, that govern success and…


119 - Goodbye (for Now), 2016 Reflections, and Looking Ahead to 2017

Weirdness and Success, fake news, Facebook warriors, and reflections on 2016. The first half of the show starts with a new rule of thumb, the weirder you are at the start of your career the less likely you are to succeed and the weirder you are later in your career, the more likely you are to be…


Rules of Ascendancy: Learn to the Task, Not the Test

I'm going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  One of the differences between the three is how they approach learning. Pain, prestige, or purpose? Average people learn what they need to avoid pain.  Elite people learn what they need to get the grade, ace…


Rules of Ascendancy: What it Means to Ascend

I’m going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  Average is good.  It's not a bad thing to be average.  It won't ruin you and you can have a good life.  Elite is great.  You can do things few do and achieve a lot, including a place in history.  Ascendancy is…


118-How to Motivate People: Talk Less, Do More.

This week's episodes kicks off with a question: “Hey Isaac, I know somebody who is close to me and has no motivation to do anything valuable and is just sucked into video games. I want nothing more than to help this person find their passion and to unlock some ambition that I know is there, but I’m…


117 - How to Create Social Change: Isaac on The Social Change Podcast

What causes social change? Is it the "right politicians getting elected? Investment in non-profits? Or entrepreneurs creating experiences that change beliefs? Isaac was recently interviewed on The Social Change Podcast about his theory of social change. He covers his intellectual evolution about…