Tag: basketball

Going the Extra Mile

There are certain trade-offs that I used to blindly accept. I accepted that it was always better to save time when I could, because I knew time is the most important asset in my life. Similarly, I lived the first 20 or so years of my life dead-set on saving money wherever possible. If there …

How We’ve Destroyed the Concept of Failure

I’m a big fan of learning from failures. When I look back at my life, I see that some of my greatest growth has resulted from failures that I’ve had. But I’m frustrated by the way that failure has been glorified lately. It’s healthy to accept that failures will happen, and to learn from those …

The Power of Compound Interest Outside of Economics

I wasn’t naturally a good basketball player. I didn’t start playing the sport until 5th grade, and I made my 7th grade basketball team by a razor’s margin. Yet I was able to develop into one of the best players in my county by my senior year of high school. And by that time, a …

Learning from the Opposite

Often we can only truly understand something once we see it from different perspectives. My high school football years were a great example. I spent years training to be a high school quarterback. I went to camps and constantly seemed to be working to better read defenses and make plays. But alas, I ultimately found …

The Danger of “Or”

The word “or” is often used as a crutch. One of my favorite examples comes from Ramit Sethi. He talks about the college admission process, and an interesting answer on the FAQ page for one of the top schools in the country. The question that was posed was roughly, “Is it better to take an …

Momento Mori – The Reminder that Keeps Me on Track

For the past few weeks, I’ve been carrying this coin in my pocket as a reminder. Not because I’m morbid, or because I like thinking about death. But rather because I want to make the most of the time I have while I’m alive. On the front of the coin there’s a skull, a tulip, and …

Life as a Song

I grew up under the impression that life was a journey. That I was on my way to some finish line, with clear checkpoints along the way. But over the past couple of years, this mindset has come into question. Just a few months ago, I wrote an article that I called Embracing the Journey. …

What Pick Up Basketball Taught Me about a Job Interview

I’ve written before about my past struggles with the interview process. When I went on the job hunt for the first time in college, I was terrible. I didn’t understand how the process worked, and I was incredibly ineffective at telling a compelling story during the interview. I used to think that job interviews were …

Thriving in the Chaos

As a Michigan alum, I hate Michigan State football. I can’t stand their coach, and I root against their alumni in the NFL. I feel dirty just thinking about wearing green and white. But there’s one aspect of Michigan State football than I have to admire. More than any other team that I’ve ever seen, …

Micro Speed

Last week, I touched on the idea of macro patience. In the big picture, patience is the only way to go. Success takes time. But in the short term, there’s more to the equation. As GaryVee puts it, you need micro speed. Looking back to Chance the Rapper, I highlighted the fact that he was patient …