Podcast Of The Week: Luke Burgis on The Knowledge Project

Luke Burgis was making a lot of money and miserable. We’ve all heard these stories.  “Successful person finds peace after getting rich and then philosophizing to the rest of us to seemingly prove their own happiness to themselves.”  Blech.  But Burgis isn’t doing that. This one hit me. Hard. Burgis isn’t just helping us step … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Luke Burgis on The Knowledge Project

Wanting: The Power Of Mimetic Desire In Everyday Life

Rene Girard says most of what we desire is imitated, not intrinsic.  We don’t want the successful career because we intrinsically value success.  We want the things (and life) some more successful, happier, wealthier, cooler, more attractive, better sleeping, rock star of a human has in their successful career.  The brilliance of Girard, and the … Continue reading Wanting: The Power Of Mimetic Desire In Everyday Life

Live As If You Have A Responsibility For What Other People Want

Ever read a book that sort of breaks your brain because it gives you a new model/way to see things? Where you know it somehow fits/overlaps with the current way you see things, but you can’t quite fit it into place? Like it’s a single flower in a field of flowers puzzle and now you’re … Continue reading Live As If You Have A Responsibility For What Other People Want

Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Dilla changed music. But don’t listen to me, listen to Don Charnas. Start with this incredible interview he just did with Jesse Thorn on the Bullseye podcast, and then check out his new book, Dilla Time.  And, if you’re like me, spend the next few days revisiting Donuts and his other stuff. I wrote about … Continue reading Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Average Gets Automated, Talent Gets Paid

Average gets average results. Talent matters, because now more than ever, average gets automated and talent gets paid.  Whether you’re hiring for talent, or trying to develop your own, these definitions from Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross will be useful to you. I’m adding my own emphasis.  Cowen says, “We treat talent as having a … Continue reading Average Gets Automated, Talent Gets Paid

How To Have Your Cake And Eat It Too (Tao Te Ching Edition)

"Freedom," or chapter 80 in Ursula K. Le Guin’s interpretation of the Tao Te Ching has this footnote (and it’s as good as the chapter): Lao Tzu thinks the materialistic dualist, who tries to ignore the body and live in the head, and the religious dualist, who despises the body and lives for a reward … Continue reading How To Have Your Cake And Eat It Too (Tao Te Ching Edition)

How To Write Funny(er) With Funny Filters

Funny is a value judgment by the joke teller.  You’re going to want to save this if you’re attempting to be funny at work.  I regularly have something I find amusing that doesn’t pass the internal filter check. This is a good thing. We all need some amount of filter.*** Colin Chung has an excellent … Continue reading How To Write Funny(er) With Funny Filters

Podcast Of The Week: Seth Godin And Debbie Millman

Anytime Seth Godin and Debbie Millman get together it’s worth listening. They’re gods of marketing, design, and what I think we can agree to call, “vulnerable leadership.”  If you don’t know them, you’re in for a treat. If you do, you already know what it means to be a fly on the wall when they … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Seth Godin And Debbie Millman

Do Good Work For Good People (Wendell Berry Wisdom)

My professional mission statement has evolved into this: do good work for good people.  I found a deep connection with this simple idea while listening to Nick Offerman’s chapter on Wendell Berry in the book Gumption. The following is a note I made, which may or may not be a  direct quote I really wanted … Continue reading Do Good Work For Good People (Wendell Berry Wisdom)