Tag: young professional

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 …

Binging for Good

Success often takes sustained effort. No matter how hard you try, you can’t get in shape in a week. It takes adherence to a healthy diet and a consistent exercise routine. If you try to do too much too soon, you’ll likely hurt yourself by exposing your body to more stress than it can handle …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Macro Patience

Speed and patience. Somewhere at the intersection of these ideas lies the formula for sustained success. At first thought, speed and patience seem to be direct opposites. Being patient typically means that you aren’t moving very quickly. But the magic happens when you change your perspective, which is how Gary Veynerchuck looks at it. The …

Doing vs. Theorizing

There’s an interesting story in the book Art and Fear by David Bayles about an experiment that was conducted in a ceramics class. The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity …

Habits

Few things in life are permanent. You can’t get ripped by going to the gym once, or by eating clean for a week. Putting in one day of work won’t make you significantly better at anything. In some ways, that makes things challenging. Almost everything meaningful in life comes through consistent progress. Feeling inspired and …