That Time I Was Called a 'ShamWow' Salesman

Not long after Praxis launched, a handful of self-described free-market professors attacked it. These weren't strangers.  These were friendly acquaintances and colleagues.  In fact, they were people who shared lots of ideas and interests, and to whom I'd paid stipends and raised hundreds of…


Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

I like to tie up loose ends quickly.  I like to resolve things.  But the more complex the problems I deal with, the more valuable discomfort becomes. If I resist the urge to immediately alleviate the pain point, hours, days, or weeks later I might get deeper insight and better solutions.  Early in…


Everyone Else is an Idiot

There are tons of smart people when it comes to just about any topic.  Yet everyone but me is an idiot when it comes to me. I've never once regretted ignoring everyone else when choosing how to live my life.  That only sounds arrogant if you're in denial.  The truth is, you are always the only one…


Crypto Haiku

You buy really low You watch it go way, way up You go bold and hold


Give it 100 Years

Mass adoption of the internal combustion engine is about a century old. Think about what it did to the world in ten decades.  The entire structure of cities, suburbs, cultural enclaves, and population patterns are based around roads built for engine powered objects.  Modern maps have a…


Force vs. Power

There's a saying that goes, "If you want to know who controls you, ask who you're not allowed to criticize." That may be roughly true in terms of who's trying to force you into something, but that's not the same as knowing who has power.  In fact, when it comes to finding out who is powerful, I…


This is a Reminder Worth Reading Regularly...

Anyone who knows anything about sports, check the date of this article.  Then read and remember: It's not over until it's over. When you say it's over.  Not them.


Give It a Try

You have less to lose than you think.  You have more to gain than you can imagine, even if it fails. We tend to over-scrutinize action, change, and unknowns, and under-scrutinize our current situation.  Most change happens at the margin anyway.  How precious are those marginal perceived benefits of…


All Or Nothing vs. Management

Some things are best done with an all or nothing mentality.  Management isn't one of them. Getting startup off the ground, picking and finishing a creative project, or being a solopreneur all benefit from either total engagement or total disengagement.  Black and white decisions made entirely by…