Striving Not to Compete

Competition is hard. But it's harder to not compete. Competitive environments and mindsets are everywhere. They're sometimes fun and on a macro scale produce great outcomes. But on the individual level it's not always best. There are three phases. Phase one is discovery, where competition creates…


Development vs. Interest

There's an old economist joke that Development Economists are the least developed economists. I think people deep into personal development are sometimes the least developed persons. What makes a deep, productive, progressing, valuable, and interesting person seems to be a person who is deeply…


What Does Aggregated Information Mean?

Prices are information. They provide both info and incentive for individual actors to help them determine how to allocate resources. I love prices and the way they emerge. But on a massive scale and when aggregated, they can get pretty wild. You can see anything you want in the info they convey.…


Freedom Means Change

If you want to be free you have to change. When you get into a particular groove, eventually it gets into you. It can begin to hem you in. It may be a pleasant chamber, but you lose a little freedom every day. To stay free, you have to cut loose old ties, leave behind previous eras, and grow. It's…


The Opportunity Cost of Optimization

If everything was fully optimized so there was no paying for unused capacity, things would be ridiculously expensive. Take employees. To really optimize for efficient resource use, you'd negotiate pay with them by the hour every hour. Or by the outcome every outcome. This would ensure each unit of…


Planning Haiku

Plans for success are Biased by confirmation Plan for fun instead


Learning How to Make 'Yes' More Say-able

In the early days of my company Praxis, I said yes a lot. Interns, contractors, and employees had ideas. I said go ahead and try them. Why not? It was fast-paced, wild, experimental. I love saying yes to people acting on their ideas. I've found myself in phases where I can't say yes as freely, and…


It's Stories All the Way Down

I'm starting to believe that success is all about getting the story right. How you talk about your product to your customers, or your company to investors, or your skills to employers. These are stories. If you have them right, stuff is easy. When you don't quite have them right (which is most of…


Are Chatbots the Sign of Design Failure?

I've developed a new strong opinion, though very weakly held. I hate chatbots. Yes, I know. We use them on the Crash site. And they are effective. And some people like them. And maybe they are a good thing, and the next step in business to consumer interaction online. But my current hatred stems…


I Want to Bookify Everything

If I decided to really spend some time making this site something unique, here's what I'd do. Make the entire site a maximally searchable, sortable, tag-able library of all posts, and a build-your-own book tool. Anyone could select whatever posts they want, put them in whatever order they want, and…