Just Pick One Weakness

I'm not a fan of trying to improve weaknesses. Not because I think they're unimportant.  It's just an ROI calculation.  A month spent getting from the bottom 5% to the bottom 7% proficiency at something I suck at is lower yield than a month spent getting from the top 92% to the top 92.5%. When…


This is Just the Beginning of the Change

I think everyone dramatically underestimates how deep and radical the change spurrred by the internet really is.  I think we're still in the infant stages.  I think even now, it's hard to see how profoundly it's changing all facets of life, from experts and gatekeepers to the design of…


Do It For You

The only way to give of yourself is to have a self. The only way to create value for others is to be valuable yourself. The only way to not waste other people's time is to not waste your own. Do stuff for you.


The All Or Nothing Problem with Reading

I don't like in-betweens. I prefer doing something all the way or doing nothing. This presents a challenge when it comes to reading. If I read a few books in one genre, I get tired of it and don't want to read that genre any more for a while. The downside is that I'll start to crave a bit of it,…


"I'm Gonna Hit You": How to Win Before You Begin

Billy Sibley was terrifying. We all knew he had major heat, especially for a twelve year old.  We were a good team of base-hitters, but we hadn't faced power on the mound yet.  Billy was known for speed, but inconsistent accuracy, especially early in the game.  The strategy was to hug the plate,…


Just Notch Something Off Today

One thing done is better than ten things planned. Yeah, if you're building something bigger than daily survival, you'll need to dream and plan.  But if you spend an entire day planning without doing or delivering anything, you're going backwards while you plan your masterful forward attack. Even if…


Anger is More Useful Than it Used to Be

When I had a harder time controlling anger, or rather not being controlled by it, anger was the enemy.  I've gotten pretty good at not taking anything personally and redirecting anger into curiosity and dispassionate problem solving. I don't read the news, the comments section, or get into online…


Luck or Skill?

I once had a conversation with professional poker star Annie Duke about the silliness of bans on betting.  She had an interesting definition of a game of luck vs. a game of skill. While a lottery is clearly all luck, poker is skill (both people and math skills) and probability, with enough…


Time Chunks

There's a newborn in the house again.  Newborns change the default time chunks that I use for assessment and action.  Normally, I think in weeks.  Days are shorter intervals that make up a week, and months are a handful of weeks, but the week is the primary reference unit. During a particularly…


The Deceptive Power of Your Network

An unknown sphere of influence helped bring down a Communist regime.  It's the ultimate illustration of the often unseen power of your network. In this episode of Forward Tilt (subscribe anywhere podcasts are found), I tell two stories about the power of a personal network and social capital.  One…