On Formal vs. Informal Attire

I'm a pretty casual guy.  Not because I have some deep philosophy of clothing.  Just because it usually suits my needs best. My friend Jeff Tucker recently made the case to me for more formal style.  I didn't agree with his case, but I didn't disagree with it either.  I'm pretty agnostic on this…


'Watchmen,' and Why Love is More Dangerous Than Fear

I like the idea that all emotions can be reduced to two: love and fear. This reduction suggests that love is good, fear bad.  That simple breakdown worked for me.  Until I read the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore. I don't pretend to know Moore's intended moral, if he had one, but when I closed…


What You Focus on is Less Important Than What You Ignore

Importance is subjective.  Nothing is inherently important.  It's important if you assign it importance. I've heard that success is directly related to the number of tough conversations you're willing to have (Tim Ferriss I think?).  It's also related to the number of seemingly important things…


In Defense of Both Extremes: Concrete and Abstract

There's an old saying that you can't be a little bit pregnant.  You're pregnant or you aren't.  Pregnant and not-pregnant are both great states - optimal states - depending on person, circumstance, and timing.  It'd be weird for someone to ape the tendencies and social status of both at the same…


122 - Creating an Exceptional Career, with David Veksler

David Veksler is the Director of Marketing at the Foundation for Economic Education, a futurist, software developer, free market radical, and father. He has a fascinating life story that spans three continents and is an instructive example of how to build a great career. David has built a…


How is This College Racket Normal?

I spoke with a business owner today who said he has reviewed over 1,100 resumes so far this year.  He's hiring for an entry level role.  Only six of them were good enough to schedule a call.  One of those turned out to be a disaster, and one more is still in the mix.  The other four were meh.…


Why Email is Better Than Phone

TL:DR not all units of time are equal. I posted about the horrors of someone asking if they can ask you something, and trying to call before defining why. Some people on the Facebooks objected.  "But sometimes a call is faster!", and, "Is this just about status, forcing people to email you?" I…


A Note to Myself on Writing

I love words.  An editor told me that to really love words is to use as few as possible.  It maximizes the impact of the focus word in each sentence. He said true logophiles work to find one perfect word instead of three good ones.  He was right. It's hard to love words with dignity.  At first,…


Don't Ask to Ask, Just Ask

Person: "Can I ask you something?" Me: "Yes" Person: "Can we chat on the phone?" Me: "Email me what you want to ask" Person: "It's too hard to explain in an email, can we talk?" Me: "No, sorry. I don't take open-ended calls" Person: "OK, it's this" (easily explained in two sentence email) This…


When Complex Business Problems Are Simple

I want faster growth, so many new systems and processes internally, so many new product advancements externally, new marketing channels, new sales efforts, and on and on.  I have so many new ideas, plus so many current things moving in all directions it can get overwhelming trying to map out and…