Two New 2x2's: Contentment-Optimism Matrix, Financial Literacy-Mindset Matrix

It's been a bit since I've whipped up a new 2x2.  TK Coleman told me I should turn our recent conversation into one about financial literacy and mindset. I've also had one in mind on contentment and optimism for a while (it's pretty similar to Peter Thiel's on Definiteness and Optimism, but a bit…


Rules of Ascendancy: Don't Have an End Goal

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 goals and getting what they want. The goal of goals Average people don't like concrete goals because there is a risk of failure.  Average people…


Rules of Ascendancy: Never Be Surprised by a Blind Review

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 performance reviews. The dreaded performance review A lot of companies and organizations have annual performance reviews where employees submit…


Apprenticeships Are Leading a Quiet Revolution in Higher Ed

There is a revolution happening in higher education. It’s happening without fanfare. It’s in what futurist investor Peter Diamandis might call the “deceptive phase”. This revolution is the rediscovery of a longstanding idea that somehow got lost in the last century or so: apprenticeship. The Loud…