Don't Do Stuff You Hate

A new book project is almost done!  I'm pretty excited about this one. Don't Do Stuff You Hate is not just the title and theme of this book, it’s the philosophy I have striven to live by for the past decade. Mitchell Earl, someone who has made bold, risky decisions to removed hated stuff from his…


My Kid Learned More from Mario Maker than I Did from a Marketing Major

Image courtesy my iPhone. Weird mustache courtesy Nintendo. I'm not kidding.  I just watched my kid grasp basic marketing truths that took me years in the professional world to get. (I might be a bit daft, but that's another story). I didn't end up graduating with a major in marketing, but it was…


The Justice-Morality Matrix

There's a lot of discussion about whether particular policies or outcomes are just or moral.  Often the terms are used synonymously or never really defined or distinguished. I have written about what I see as crucial and fundamental differences between justice and morality in this post.  I claim…


Seven Deadly Mindsets

Dan Sanchez was kind enough to invite me to coauthor a little piece for FEE.org about mindsets inculcated by the schooling process and how a key step toward personal freedom and growth is recognizing and obliterating them.  This is what my friend Zak Slayback would call "deschooling yourself".…


In Less Than One Year Get a Startup Job at $40k - No Degree Required

Learn more at Praxis! The idea that you should spend four years and six figures in classrooms, shielded from the real world of opportunity, and cross your fingers and hope it gets you some kind of job is absurd.It's time for a new era in education and career.  If you're good you can prove it in the…


If You Time Travel to the Past, Tell Yourself You're Wrong

It's really hard to break free from your past definitions of success.  I've met a lot of unhappy people who are doing exactly what they used to want to do.  The problem is, we change.  If you shackle yourself to the form of success envisioned by your past self, you're a slave to a person that…


Every Industry Gets Worse When Government Gets Involved

This is easily provable with Public Choice Theory, and consistently proven in practice. Contrary to the absurdly naive belief that monopolizing an industry will produce "efficiencies", it has the opposite effect.  All the wrong things are incentivized and no one has any clear signal of what creates…


Why Golden Parachutes are Better Than Tenure

People argue for tenure as a way to allow risk taking, bold explorations into controversial ideas, and new frontiers in academia.  Without knowing their job can never be lost, how would professors have the incentive to take risks?  And after all, even if many don't pay off, the most important…


Stop Telling Good Arguers to Become Lawyers

I've met a lot of bright young people planning on law school or in law school. I've also met a lot of unhappy lawyers. I suspect lots of these young people will end up unhappy lawyers too, and I've got a theory as to why. Lawyers are often "successful" in terms of external indicators and cultural…


Put Your Education and Life In Good Hands...Yours

I had an awesome email conversation with a young lady named Hannah who's busy building the life she wants and realized there is no prefabricated, standardized educational path that will cut it. Here's an excerpt: "I originally thought I was on a college path, because I loved academics so much and…