Metal Detectors

Deciding what to work on – with conviction – is an existential threat. On one hand, I want to be thoughtful. I want to take my time with this decision and balance trade-offs, analyze “risk,” etc. On the other hand, I know most of that is fluff…at the end of the day I have to make a decision (like everyone else) with imperfect information. I have to make a “gut decision” – one that could likely be wrong…and I will have to live with the consequences.

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Alignment

One of the biggest takeaways I have had working over the past few years is underscoring the importance and nuance of organizational structure. Strategic alignment, the by-product of a well-thought-out culture, enables teams (and individuals) to reach a higher performance, “minimizing misdirection of effort and resources to clashing or unspecified purposes.” Source 

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Exploring Notion

I am always looking for ways to improve my workflow, cut out inefficiencies, and maximize my time. The other day, my friend Valentin told me about his “setup” on Notion and how it has really helped him stay organized and productive. This is by no means a paid sponsorship or advertisement – nor a comprehensive review. 

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Demons

Every so often, I find it important to remind myself of the following philosophy: “you should give anyone you meet a fair and honest chance…everyone is fighting battles that may or may not be invisible to you.”

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The Joint Stock Corporation: The Vehicle for Change

I am interested in “corporations” because I see them as vehicles for change. In fact, I think that, in 2018, in capitalistic modern America, generally speaking, the most efficient means to driving impact (solving problems, etc.) is via a Joint Stock Corporation.

In more direct language, I believe that the best way for me to impact the world is by participating in a company (that can mean founding, joining early, joining late, whatever).

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Deciding What to Study

Does your ‘school major’ really matter? I think this is the type of question that most college students simply glaze over and accept as the status quo: “of course your major matters.” 

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What do you want to do with your life?

Answering “abstract” questions is really really hard. I am referring to the types of identity-challenging questions that a) have no clear answer and b) are extremely difficult to talk about with any form of practicality. 

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Soon I’ll Be Sixty Years Old

I have mixed feelings about today. Today is my final “first day.” Today is the start of my senior year of college and, consequently, my last “first day of school” I will ever have.

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