Thinking about Politics

I have almost no interest in politics, but I am interested in our country and society, so I inevitably get dragged into various political topics. If there’s one thing I’m certain of in that area, it’s that most people’s interaction with politics is both harmful to themselves and counterproductive for society. At the risk of… Continue reading Thinking about Politics

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Exploration

A lot of people in my life seem to be at the end of a phase of great focus. They worked on a startup and sold or otherwise exited it, they built a business that’s now running without them, or they left a job and are taking time off before the next thing. It’s interesting… Continue reading Exploration

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How and When to Give Advice

In some ways I’m professional advice giver these days. I talk to people monthly and help them make big decisions that will impact their lives greatly. I also do events where 7-10 people join me somewhere and we try to plot the course of their next few big moves. Giving advice is an enormous responsibility,… Continue reading How and When to Give Advice

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The Upsides of Coronavirus

I don’t usually write about current events because I don’t necessarily think that yet another semi-informed opinion floating around is of much value. This time the event is easily actionable on a personal level, though, and I’m personally doing what I can to make the best of the situation, so I figured I’d share. Before… Continue reading The Upsides of Coronavirus

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Shifting Gears

Living in an RV was one of the best things I could have possibly done for the eight or so years I did it. It allowed me freedom, both physical and financial, made it easy for me to travel, forced me to become minimalist, and taught me a lot. If I were still living in… Continue reading Shifting Gears

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Why I Don’t Predict Failure

If you spend time in San Francisco, you hear a lot of startup ideas. A few of them sound really cool, but a lot of them sound pretty dumb. I used to fall into the trap of criticizing them, without the founder present, because it was easy and fun. He thinks he’s going to rent… Continue reading Why I Don’t Predict Failure

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Сау болыңыз 2019

Another year gone! For the first time, as I read through old monthly updates and scrolled through my yearly calendar, I was shocked at how quickly time had passed. Things that happened last February felt as though they were just a few months ago. In some ways this year was very dense. For the first… Continue reading Сау болыңыз 2019

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Quality

It’s very easy to idealize and cherry pick from the past, but it feels like quality used to be a metric that people cared about, and now it feels more like a buzzword that is used for marketers to use for products that generally aren’t of very high quality. That strategy seems to have worked,… Continue reading Quality

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