• Mental models – a secret weapon for startup founders
    Mental models help startup founders avoid bias and blind spots, thus making decisions less risky. A mental model is an idea that helps you better understand the reality of the world around you. They provide shortcuts to higher-level thinking by... more
  • Don’t act like a victim
    People who struggle with victim mentality blame other people and their circumstances for their unhappiness. Blaming other people is not productive. Victim mentality robs us of our agency and power. It prevents us from taking responsibility and... more
  • My search for meaning
    What’s the meaning of life? It took me decades to realize I was asking the wrong question. There is no one answer that applies to everyone. Rather, we create meaning through our beliefs, thoughts, and actions. Now, I ask a better question: How... more
  • Innovation requires the competition of ideas
    The advance of knowledge requires the collision of ideas. Good ideas survive deep skepticism and intense competition. Look at the United States Constitution, which is a collection of ideas that were fiercely debated and challenged before it was... more
  • Avoid blind spots and make smarter decisions
    Every problem we face — including war, crime, climate change, and income inequality — can be traced to decisions made by an individual or group of individuals. A company’s success or failure is the result of decisions. Decisions you make about... more
  • Develop great leaders to grow a great company
    People are the most valuable asset of a company. Developing people is the key to building a successful company. Companies gain competitive advantage by investing in leadership development and building a healthy, high-performance culture, on a... more
  • Hold yourself accountable
    Tracking progress and being accountable to my goals is difficult. Work and family responsibilities constantly compete for time. Without building in a method to track progress and hold myself accountable, it’s unlikely I will be able to build... more
  • Make good habits stick
    Few things impact the quality of your life more than daily habits. Good habits help you become the person you want to be, whereas bad habits lead to pain, suffering, and self-loathing. Your behavior has a huge impact on the quality of your life.... more
  • Aim with purpose
    Imagine if I picked you up from your house and drove you to the airport so you could catch a flight, but you had not yet decided where to go. You might get lucky and have a wonderful adventure, but chances are that your trip will be costlier and... more
  • Sin
    “To sin” means “to miss the mark.” And you have missed it. Weak-willed. Timid. Malleable. You are mediocre. How did you let this happen? Why do you continue to let this happen? Your dreams of greatness lie wet and soggy, like a loaf of bread... more
  • Meditation: The antidote to suffering
    Life provides a lot of challenges and opportunities for disappointment and not getting what you want. You get fired. You get dumped. Your business fails. You think you’re fat. You’re diagnosed with an illness. Your kids don’t want to spend... more
  • How to evaluate job offers
    Learn why pro-con lists are bad. Instead use mental models (e.g., Prestige test, Hell yeah or no, Make a bet) and the job decision scorecard to help you compare scenarios, assess risk, improve your thinking, and evaluate options.... more
  • Negotiate job offers
    You could lose over $1 million over your career if you choose not to negotiate when receiving job offers. And you may be surprised by research that says negotiators who put forward their offer first usually come out ahead. Learn how to negotiate... more
  • Tell a better story to make more money
    Your story is your most valuable asset. Get the job you want by learning to tell it well. Effectively telling your story is key to persuading, influencing, and inspiring the people you want to work with. Don't settle for making less money in a job... more
  • Busting the myths about work and success
    Do you believe any of the myths about work and success? See what the research has taught us about the best predictors of job satisfaction. The results surprised me! If you hold any of these misconceptions, you may benefit from what I’m going to... more
  • Get multiple job offers
    Persuading decision-makers that you are the best person for the job is essential. But you also need to align the timing of the job offers. Use principles of persuasion and learn how to run a tight process to get multiple job offers. It doesn't do... more
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