Recent Thoughts

Let’s face it, I get wrapped up in my career. I tend to choose it over other aspects of my life, frequently over things that I should do. I stopped rolling Jiu Jitsu because I took up a new job. I stopped flying because I took on more responsibilities at work. At the end of the day, career should not be a life sentence, and this resonates. It’s also difficult to see the forest for the trees. ... Read More
Seneca reminds us that joy is something to strive for. Something that is not an externally manifested trait but something that cames from within. Something that comes with being content with who we are and what we do. Something that allows us to stay calm and curious in the face of adversity. These descriptions were never in my description of joy. I saw joy as something that came from within (not something that one easily inspires in another) but still something that manifested in happiness. ... Read More

Cost Per Usage
10 Sep 2017

I’m always surprised when I realize my $400 suit costs about $20 each wear. Of course I may not live similar to a banker who probably wear a suit 50-100 times before replacement, but most formal engagements require me to spend one suit utilization unit and when I start to iron it the thought crosses my mind. Bike shorts, cost somewhere around $5 whenever I go for a ride. I bought my golf clubs for a steal at $150 and have played at least 50 rounds of golf for a cost of $3 per round. ... Read More

Crossing the Chasm
9 Sep 2017

Absolutely fantastic book. I forgot to write a review for it initially and now (6 months later) I finally am getting back to it. I can say that over the past 6 months, this is the book I’ve referenced the most (save for “A Song of Ice and Fire series” due to Game of Thrones’ penultimate season) and couldn’t recommend it higher. Summary Chapter 1: High-Tech Marketing Illusion In academic terms, such change sensitive products are called “discontinuous” or “disruptive innovations”. ... Read More

Made to Stick
23 Jan 2017

An absolutely brilliant book detailing the six major qualities of a sticky idea: Simplicity, Unexpectedness, Concreteness, Credibility, Emetional, Stories. The Heath brothers investigate each of these six qualities in detail, investigating good and bad examples and paring their findings with academic studies. Not quite as academic as Predictably Irrational but a lot of the same themes show up. Summary Chapter 1: Simple Stick to the prime objective Southwest airlines is THE low-fare airline Answers questions all the way down the org chart Burying the lead News should start with most important info and then decrease in importance down the page Burying the lead happens when most important points slip down the page If you say 3 things, you don’t say anything Bill Clinton (1992) campaign must have one platform “It’s the economy, stupid! ... Read More