Hard choices, easy life

When someone is in the midst of a big decision, I offer them some advice. I tell them that the harder choice is often the right choice.

I’ve been giving this advice to people since high school. There wasn’t a specific event that brought me to this conclusion about decision-making. I said it one day to my high school sweetheart and it just made sense. It was one of those rare occasions when the subconscious let’s a truth about life slip into the conscious mind. Continue reading “Hard choices, easy life”

The best indie rock album of 2016 (make that 2017, too)

Do you like Blink 182 and Modest Mouse and appreciate a band that can be both silly and passionate?

Last year I stumbled upon a band named Sioux Falls, a trio of young guys from South Dakota. I immediately loved the raw and whimsical quality of their music. It has the right amount of angst and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s perfect for escaping some of the unnecessary seriousness of life. Continue reading “The best indie rock album of 2016 (make that 2017, too)”

How to start a startup

Worthy: How to Start a Startup by Paul Graham (Essay)

This is the first piece of advice I read on starting a startup, and it may be the best. I find it hard to believe that there is a resource out there that is written so clearly. Even though written in March 2005, almost everything still applies to today’s startup culture. And I think it will still apply in 10 years. Keep this one handy. Continue reading “How to start a startup”

We Roam review: Where I found the perfect travel companions

We Roam is a professional remote work program that bring together people who work remotely for 12 months across 12 countries. I am part of the Polaris tour.

Before traveling with We Roam I always made “special trips” by myself. The people I did travel with before I started traveling solo didn’t work remotely, so when I needed to open my laptop to grind for a little, they didn’t understand it. Why are you working on vacation?! they would ask. I would tell them that work and vacation are not parallels. For me they intersect. I can hop on one road, then easily hop on the other. This is how I like to live my life. Still, they didn’t understand. Continue reading “We Roam review: Where I found the perfect travel companions”

A movie about being alone, impossible choices, and forgiveness

Worthy: Passengers (Movie)

This is not a movie for critics. Who likes a critic anyways? They’re close-minded. If you’re like me and are naturally critical with movies, turn off your inner critic before watching this. I did and saw it as a lovely, thought-provoking story.
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Transcript of Robert Greene’s Yale talk on radical realism

Worthy: Robert Greene’s Yale Talk on Radical Realism (Transcript)

I don’t typically like transcripts. They’re often wordy and poorly edited. I almost always prefer the audio version of the content. But this one is great. It reads fast and you learn a lot about the “power game” that naturally exists among humans. This game is referred to by Robert Greene as part of the Machiavellian reality. To hold a position of power in life, you need to understand how this game works. Continue reading “Transcript of Robert Greene’s Yale talk on radical realism”

An introduction to stoicism

Worthy: An Introduction to Stoicism (Article)

For Christmas I bought all members of my immediate family a moleskin journal and a hardback copy of The Daily Stoic. I didn’t plan on buying this book. I just knew I wanted to buy everyone a journal and something cool to read. So when I saw three copies left of The Daily Stoic on the bookshelf at Barnes and Noble, my decision became pretty easy. (A copy for my mom, dad, and sister.) Continue reading “An introduction to stoicism”

The Tim Ferriss Show episodes with Naval Ravikant

Worthy: The Evolutionary Angel, Naval Ravikant and Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and the 5 Chimps Theory (Podcasts)

I made the mistake of driving to and from Florida. My starting point was Pittsburgh. I say “mistake” because, during the drive, I listened to two podcasts. These podcasts taught me, among other things, the value of time. Continue reading “The Tim Ferriss Show episodes with Naval Ravikant”