We Are Living in 'A Quiet Place'

We are living in the movie A Quiet Place and its sequel. If you speak - if you make any sound, if your existence, you living your life, you merely being or breathing - broadcasts any kind of signal that disturbs the lurking devourers, you get killed. This is speech. This is expression. This is…


Obeying Experts is More Dangerous Than Questioning Them

And it's not even close. Questioning experts might lead to some mistakes. Obeying them can lead to genocidal atrocities on a mass scale. This is a consistent pattern in all of human history and it's predictable into the future. "Expert" implies some kind of institutional expert-conferring…


The Mid-Career Time-Suck Siren

With a bit of a professional track-record, you start to hear the sirens. They beckon you away from productive activities to endless cyclones of time-eating flimflam, using flattery and honorifics as bait. Beware. Sitting on boards, being an advisor, a mentor, a presenter, a panelist, a contributor,…


Routine Newness Haiku

Brains need novelty Souls grow deeper through routine Be routinely new?


Offline for the Weekend

It's one of those weekends. I feel the urge to go completely offline except for a few work obligations and my daily blog post. A good screen detox always tends to help me. And it helps me appreciate how great the internet is when I'm back. I'm not anti-online at all. But I am pro taking control of…


Concentric Circles of Abstraction

Remember the controversial Starbucks Christmas cups? Of course not. Nobody does. But everyone remembers trending social media posts about them. Scratch that. That's also incorrect. What people remember are articles like, "What people who get upset at backlash against people who cheer for the new…


The Problem with Legacies

Statues get torn down. Heroes become villains. Villains get put on T-shirts. Orwell was right when he said those who control the present control the past. The deeds of one's life do not create an indelible legacy. It is always up for redefinition per the zeitgeist. No matter how provable and…


The Real Shit Test is People Who Love You

When you want to achieve something or be true to who you are at your best, the universe has a way of seeing if you mean it. We tend to think of these shit tests as critics, negative experiences, people being rude to you, threats to your reputation, and haters. That's part of it. But that's the easy…


Just Try It

The best way to learn about something is to use it, do it, or try it. Trying to understand a game before you play it is less effective than playing before you understand it. Play to understand it, not the other way around.


Tough Minded Optimism

My friend TK Coleman coined the term tough minded optimism a decade or so ago. The idea is to recapture genuine optimism from the false idea that it means being a Pollyanna, living in delusion, or denying tough realities. Real optimism does not stick its head in the sand or deny any negative…