Making Peace with Getting Older

My brother just turned 38. He said getting older was more difficult at 35 and 36, but now he's adjusted to it and doesn't mind at all. I'd never thought about this explicitly, but it felt true for me too. I'm 36. In my early 30's, I still felt young and, like all the rest of my life up until then,…


AFC Championship Haiku

Titans versus Chiefs Smart, simple, boring, versus Complex, exciting


Different Kinds of Know-How Seem to Have Different Rates of Entropy; But Why?

I recently ran a workshop for Praxis participants on job interviewing. It was so so. I didn't do a great job and wasn't particularly pleased with the outcome. I used to do workshops like that a lot. And I got pretty good at them. It's been several years and I only took about 5 minutes to prep,…


The Inner Game of Startups, Issue 21

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Preparation

I'm trying to get better at preparation. It may seem weird, but prep gets more important the further I go in my career, not less. It's true that with more experience winging it is easier. But it's also true that with more experience there are far fewer low-stakes, dubious value activities. I've…


Framing Houses

I've been thinking recently about some of the jobs I've had. When I was 15, at the start of the summer, I wanted a new job. I'd been bagging groceries at Harding's Friendly Market during the school year, and wanted to make more money (I'd gotten a raise from the $5.15 minimum wage to $5.45/hour). I…


Stuff You Don't Want to Hear

Getting good at delivering or receiving bad news dramatically raises the success ceiling. Inability to give or get bad news is a big success limiter. I'll never forget the first time I fired someone. It was awful. I didn't sleep well for a week. The second time was awful too, but I was able to…


Overcoming Autopilot

It's great to not have to think about things. Most tasks in daily life are autopilot tasks. You don't re-examine your core beliefs and the causal chain of dental hygiene every time you brush your teeth. It'd be exhausting if you had to. Our brains are incredible at turning repeated patterns into…


Excuse for a Haiku

I write haiku when I don't know what to do in My daily blog post


The Transformations from Daily Blogging

Daily blogging changes people. It doesn't change their essence. It chips away at the gunk that builds up around that essence. It burns away chaff and unleashes a stronger, clearer, more refined and robust person. It makes people better versions of themselves. I was just browsing the Praxis…