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Starting With What You Have

A couple weeks ago I went to Powell’s and heard J.D. Roth talk about taking personal responsibility over your financial life. “No one will ever care about your money as much as you do,” he said. Very true. And you c... Read More

Feeling Stuck? Try This

If you’re involved in any kind of creative work, you and inertia are probably well acquainted. I wish I were an exception, but no—inertia and I are mortal enemies. Every day I get up and fight a battle against that be... Read More

2009 Annual Review: Overview and Outline

This is the first in a series of five articles about my Annual Review. Every year since 2005 I’ve set aside an entire week in December to look back on the previous year and set goals for the next year. This time I’... Read More

The Good Student

A while back I needed a reference letter from a professor from graduate school. I went to see the first guy I thought of, who was widely-known in the field and could have helped strengthen the application I was preparing. We ... Read More

Why Not Try It All?

Just say no. Assert your boundaries. You can’t do it all. There’s a time and a place for everything, sure, but is that always the best advice? Whenever I hear things like “Say no five times for every time you sa... Read More

Watch and See

In 2005, U.N. Secretary General Koffi Annan was struggling with a series of scandals and other challenges in his administration. I read this short quote in a magazine interview with him and wrote it down in my notebook: Quest... Read More

Notes on a Full Life, Live from CX 883

Hi everyone. I’m high on life and writing in from the Cathay Pacific LAX-HKG flight. I’m fading fast, but with 13 hours to go until arrival, there should be plenty of time to a) sleep and b) write this note to you... Read More