Category: Thought

  • The Best Entrepreneurs Have “Less Ego”

    via Mashable | The Best Entrepreneurs Are Older, Have Less Ego A survey by the Founders Institute found that less ego and more experience correlate with success in entrepreneurship. Of course people will immediately assume that being older is a predictor of both of these qualities, but that incorrectly assumes causation (age ≠ experience). One can […]

  • Love, Open Source

    Built with love, internet style Via the footer on

  • Sock! and the question of “why”

    Sock is a brilliant mentor of mine in leadership, management, and relationships. He recently wrote me after I sent him an example of a business proposal I’m working on. I’m posting this mostly for myself (my website, after all) to remind myself of why I do things. Sock pretty much hammers the head on this. […]

  • 2012 “Lessons”

    So many of these “Lessons Learned in 2012” posts should be rather titled “Awesome Stuff I Did and How You Can Do Them Too.” They’re not really learning, just preaching narratives that fit their experiences. Narcissism is a bitch. Don’t learn from successes: the causal mechanism of success is often random, outside of our control […]

  • Cardio Doesn’t Exist

    The inimitable James Steele II has a new publication out in the Journal of Exercise Physiology, called “Resistance Training to Momentary Muscular Failure Improves Cardiovascular Fitness in Humans: A Review of Acute Physiological Responses and Chronic Physiological Adaptations” Here’s the abstract: Research demonstrates resistance training produces significant improvement in cardiovascular fitness (VO2 max, economy of movement). […]

  • Tim Minchin’s Storm: The Animated Movie

    What a phenomenally creative way to combine creativity with science. I am a new fan of Tim Minchin. (His two songs Confessions and Prejudice are really funny.) Thanks to Joao for the find.

  • Elon Musk’s determination

    Dustin Curtis just posted this: By 2008, SpaceX had launched three rockets. They all failed to make it into orbit. Shortly after the third failure, Elon Musk was interviewed by Wired Magazine’s Carl Hoffman: At the end of the day you’re still zero for three; you have so far failed to put a rocket into orbit. […]

  • Elon Musk

    60 Minutes: When you had that third failure in a row, did you think, I need to pack this in? Elon Musk: Never. 60: Why not? E: I don’t ever give up. I’d have to be dead or, completely incapacitated. 60: Do you believe that your rocket will be the next American rocket to send an astronaut to space? E: I believe that is the most likely outcome, yes. 60: When critics say you can’t do this, your response to them is… E: We’ve done this.

    —Elon Musk

    Definitely one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs I’ve found.


  • Always Learning

    It’s fascinating to return to an old book you’ve read, just to see how far you’ve progressed. I make a habit of circling any word I don’t know, so that when I do return to a book, I almost have a snapshot of where I was in my education. For example, in this page from […]

  • The Fireplace Delusion by Sam Harris

    Sam Harris posted an article on his blog that I feel the need to share. He rightly begins: “It seems to me that many nonbelievers have forgotten—or never knew—what it is like to suffer an unhappy collision with scientific rationality. We are open to good evidence and sound argument as a matter of principle, and […]