Change is the only constant

In a recent newsletter, Vicky Boykis compares the path to become a Grandmaster in Chess to career paths in the tech world. She writes: "Even though there is one way to get to Grandmaster, there is no one single way to interview and become a senior developer or data scientist. The difference with the tech world is that there is not one single set of rules like there is in a chess game: everyone is playing on a different board, with an ever-growing number of pieces....

Work Hard Rest Hard

Today my new puppy reminded me of a great quote by Naval: "Forty-hour workweeks are a relic of the Industrial Age. Knowledge workers function like athletes — train and sprint*, then rest and reassess"* At just over 8 weeks old, Astra is a mini Australian shepherd that knows more about productivity and focus than your average Joe. Her schedule consists of short sprints—60 to 90 minutes—of really hard and focused work: she runs like crazy chewing and biting everything on her path....

Follow Your Curiosity

As a new writer, I often make the mistake of focusing on the wrong things. Rather than focusing on writing and sharing content, I often block my creative process by thinking only about writing strategies and tools. It is a constant struggle. I overthink every detail of my writing. I want to get every bit to be perfect. I want to write "original" content. But is there such a thing?...

What Would Bezos Do?

You’ve probably heard people say “No regrets!” when their decision didn’t turn out the way they wanted. This is complete BS. Of course, there were regrets. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be thinking about them. What people need is a systematic way to minimize regrets. We tend to optimize for our present selves. But it’s our future selves who will deal with the consequences—and regrets—of our current decisions. In the present, there’s always FOMO—the fear of missing out....