Learning is urgent

I’ve never questioned the importance of learning, but only in recent years have I realized how urgent it is.  In many ways, learning is like saving for retirement.  A young man won’t consider retirement much but is told of its importance early.  He may not realize just how important it is until his youth is gone and he […]

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Practice makes perfect

  I believe that the mark of a great quote is that it will be immediately relevant when you first hear of it as a kid (or in general when you have a shallow understanding of it) but gains increasing relevance as you grow wiser (and have a deeper appreciation for it). Practice makes perfect is […]

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Moderation in most things

I briefly considered making the title of this post moderation in all things but then stopped myself because that’s not moderate. Throughout my life, my mom has often advised me to take things in moderation and try to find the right balance.  This usually happens when I excitedly tell her about some new exciting thing I’m going to try […]

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Book Review: Extreme Ownership

I just finished listening to Extreme ownership, and it might just be the best book on leadership I ever consumed. I found out about this book through a Tim Ferris podcast episode where he interviewed Jocko Willink (one of the authors).  While I was initially skeptical that a couple of navy SEAL officers could write a book on leadership that would be relevant for […]

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What are you optimizing for?

Asking the right questions is an important skill fundamental to critical thinking and effective communication.  I’ve come to realize that it’s not only a useful skill externally (in dealing with others) but also very useful internally (in thinking for myself).  One question I find myself asking increasingly more often is what are you optimizing for?

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