Four Visions of the World: Constrained, Unconstrained, Stasist, Dynamist

About half a dozen years ago, I read two books in succession that I did not expect to have much to do with each other.  They both proposed intriguing dichotomies.  These dichotomies cut up the world differently, but I began to see interesting ways they could be layered on top of each other. 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…


Episode 59: Taylor Pearson on the End of Jobs

Is accounting the riskiest career?  Is entrepreneurship the safest?  Today's guest says yes, because the world is changing and "jobs" are being replaced by the ability to adapt and create value outside preset rules. Technology has dramatically reduced transaction costs when it comes to education…


Who's Calling the Shots, Your Future or Your Past?

I heard an interesting talk from Dan Sullivan on why 10x growth (in business, life, whatever you choose) is actually easier than 2x growth...if you get your mindset right. He described 2x thinking as fundamentally controlled by the past.  You look back at what it took to get where you are and you…


Does Future Orientation Mean Anything?

It's not easy to stay out of the future. I live a lot of my life there.  I don't know that it's bad, but there is this universal approval of ideas like, "be in the present moment", and, "don't put off living for some future date".  Those platitudes sound right and put the tiniest weight of guilt on…


The Doomsayers are Right (but so are the optimists)

Published for The Freeman. It is 1900. Two visitors from the year 2015 arrive at your doorstep. They are here to tell you about the future. One hundred years of horror The first visitor looks grim. He tells you that “the war to end all wars” will soon begin. It will encompass the globe and…


Stay in Touch with the Future

There was a great Super Bowl ad that showed a now famous clip of two newscasters discussing the internet and email in 1994.  It was only 21 years ago, and already the thing they were so helpless to define or understand has completely redefined our world in a way all of us tacitly understand from…


You Were Born an Entrepreneur

Have you ever watched a baby with a goal?  They know what they want, but they don’t know how to get there.  They have limbs they can barely control and a variety of toys, tools, and furniture around them.  They collect information by watching others.  They test and explore, flailing their limbs…


College: A One Sided Sorting Mechanism

I recently listened to an excellent EconTalk podcast with Arnold Kling discussing technological changes in higher education.  Kling pointed out the main role universities play is sorting, not forming. There is a somewhat romantic idea among the populace that education molds and shapes young lumps…


Bitcoin - Because Everyone Has to Say Something

Whatever it is, whatever it will become, Bitcoin is pretty cool. I've enjoyed watching it get a lot of attention, and draw attention to big ideas and questions like the role of money, decentralized orders, radical choice, polycentrism and the digital future.  It's also a little depressing to read…