Busy Calendar

I wrote about “the game” the other day. This essay is a tangential continuation of those thoughts. It questions the purpose behind busy-ness and makes the case that the calendar is false comfort.  More

It will work out

This essay is simply a message to my future self. As you will see, these thoughts are quite optimistic, and perhaps naive. They are not rooted in science, just personal anecdote.

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fear of the end

This is kind of a dark essay, but it is not meant to be. It is a thought exercise, not a mood exercise. In thinking about motivation, many come to the conclusion that “death” is the ultimate motivator. I think that is assumed…but once we dig into it we may find ourselves asking:

Is death the ultimate fear?

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Costco 2.0

I have always been a big fan of Costco…not only as someone interested in building businesses but also just from a consumer stand-point. Costco is awesome.

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Solving the Discoverability Problem

Technology is good for the world. That is a statement that believe in, but one that I recognize many people, especially people from different generations could disagree with. To their credit, I do not think technology is all good for the world. And I do not think all technology, even for its best effort, is actually improving our lives. This is not a cynical essay. This is an optimistic one.

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What is cool?

If I look hard enough, I will find the validation. I will get someone to tell me that my idea is good or that my outfit looks nice.

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The Game

“The game” is just a game and we should recognize that. I think of the game, in this context, as the process of winning tournaments. Tournaments are things like getting into college, getting a job, etc.

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Being Hypocritical Does Not Make You Wrong

In discussions or arguments, I try my best to focus-in on the truth. This is easier said than done, but it is something I strongly believe in – the truth should always win and the point of an argument is to make the truth apparent.

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Information Density Part 1

While traveling abroad across 27 cities in Asia, I spent a lot of time thinking about cities – how they work, how we build them, why they are important to society, and how we can make them better. I wrote a bit about them too, nothing particularly novel, I really just wanted to understand: why do some cities succeed while others fail? What makes a city successful? This was my base layer question. And though I have no clear answer, I do have some hypotheses that came from a number of different discussions I have had over the past few months.

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