Category: random

  • Writing for its own sake

    I forgot why I liked blogging, so I am trying hard to remember. For a very long time, I intertwined it with my career and now that it’s disentangled, I realize it can become a much purer version of my thoughts, a kind of diary of sorts, and can provide value for interested people without […]

  • Some thoughts from the future / past

    Do you believe the past was simpler, or more complex, than the world is now? Is it more difficult to make decisions in? Is it fundamentally easier, or harder? Is tomorrow going to be better, or worse, than today was? There are a set of assumptions so fundamentally deep inside of you that they are […]

  • Do you know your sweet spot?

    I’ve been asking a ton of interviewees this recently. I think it’s very important. You only learn your sweet spot by finding it and being in it – or, if you’re close, by listening to your feelings. They might be big or small so you might have to get very quiet. At Breather I ran […]

  • To those of you that don’t eat marshmallows

    You know who you are. If you think back, you have always been avoiding the marshmallow. You eat it occasionally – but rarely. You likely live like a monk or abbess. You have some serious austerity to your life. You are pursuing some greater thing – you always have been. You don’t always know what […]

  • What happened after the credits?

    Some things will change here shortly. No expectations as to what. Comments will likely go off. The internet has changed and there are too many places for comments – too few for just pure writing. There are too many places owned by others – so it’s important to own something yourself. Less links, and less […]

  • The Myth / The Reality

    It’s very easy to become obsessed with the supposed glamour of running a company instead of actually doing the work – the unglamorous, tedious, hair-pulling fucking work. Over the past few days, all over my Facebook stream, I can see pictures of entrepreneurs looking successful, when I know for a fact that they are not […]

  • Peak Advertising – When Ads (and Content) Become More and More Useless

    I came across this paper the other week via Chris Dixon’s Twitter account describing a possible phenomenon: Peak Advertising. Who knows if it’ll end up being true or not. But it makes some sense and it’s worth discussing. If you’re familiar with Peak Oil, you’ll inherently understand this too. Here’s the theory. Key indicators for online […]

  • How to Deal With Arrogant People

    I was mid-way through writing a post about this when I realized I had already written one in 2010. Regardless, here is my take on the issue from 2013, since I wrote it already. 🙂 It will always happen that you meet nay-sayers, disbelievers, or just straight up rotten, arrogant people. No matter how far […]

  • On James Altucher

    The first time I received an email from James, it was in 2010 after I published this post— definitely the most radical thing I had written at the time, I think. He wrote me an email that said: “I think you’re right. I care too much.” The rest is pretty much history. Three and a […]

  • Waterfall

    You might notice that the title of these blog posts are pretty much random words. You’ll also notice that I rarely do headline grabbing. When I do, I go all the way, and the posts tend to go viral. But most of the time I don’t. I’ll tell you why. You can do this waterfall […]