Category: clear thinking

  • Procrastinators Anonymous – A 12-Step Program For People Who Don’t Do S#!t

    I strongly believe that all people are addicts. No matter who you are, you’re addicted to something. It may be booze. It may be drugs. It may be doing fuck-all with your life. I have a lot of friends that are in AA, and at least one that is going into rehab this week. So […]

  • We need Dungeon Masters for the real world

    Games are useful. Games are fun. Yet, somehow, gamification itself has become the butt of almost every internet joke I’ve heard recently. It isn’t because games aren’t useful. They are and they can change the world. It’s because gamification is being wasted on the most useless, time wasting crap I’ve ever seen. Because of this, I […]

  • How to tell if you’re doing your life’s work

    I am working on a small book right now. It’s easily the best thing I’ve ever done. The editor is better than I could have ever hoped for. The idea is amazing, and something I care deeply about. It should get good visibility. Everything seems like it’s in line. This kind of thing never happens […]

  • 3 Lies You Should Believe (and Two You Should Not)

    Read just the titles first— see if you can guess which are which. 🙂 I am unique I hate when people quote Fight Club— really I do. It’s one of those movies that’s good, but that people consider a religion when it was really just meant as entertainment (think Star Wars). But it’s true that […]

  • You Cannot Die

    Have you ever thought about how difficult it is to actually hurt yourself? I don’t mean a paper cut. I mean something that’s disgusting to look at, where you’re at risk for death. What would it take? In this society, it’s very difficult. We are safe. And even if we are hurt, plastic surgery, free […]

  • “Shoes make me happy. I’m superficial. Whatever.”

    This picture went so wild on my Facebook yesterday that I thought it was deserving of a post. I took it in Singapore in one of the many underground malls. I happen to think it is genius and very savvy. Reminds me of Diesel’s Be Stupid campaign (which is really targeted at smart people). Because […]

  • How to Waste Your Life

    Every decision you make is one you should be comfortable betting on. If you’re not, you should be making different decisions. When I was young, my mother would always be asking me if I wanted to make bets. She’s pull out her hand and motion for me to shake it with this air of confidence, […]

  • All Belief is Religion

    All knowledge, once set it stone, becomes dogma. It is taught to you by your grandparents, your parents, your elders, and your peers. You believe it because they do. “Hey, they survived this long, they obviously did something right.” All these things, in youth, are faith. Our world is limited so we’re taught about what […]

  • Every Business is a Machine

    I hear a McDonald’s franchise costs over a million dollars to buy. When you buy one, though, it basically starts to print money. They have the system down so well that you can plop a McDonald’s down anywhere and tell ahead of time how much money it will make. Likewise Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and all […]

  • The Revolution is Never External

    No matter how interesting your idea, it is never as unique as you think. Surprisingly, this is good news. Any idea too revolutionary is hard to place in the mind, and hard to fit into any existing structure. A bike with a motor is easy to understand. A teleportation device is not. So rather than […]