How Hard Do I Actually Work?

Once in a while people who meet me give me the feedback that they’re surprised that I’m actually a real person who doesn’t just work 24/7. A challenge of being a public writer is balancing giving useful information versus giving an accurate picture. I think a lot of the confusion comes from a post I […]

Kindness in Tea Culture

Take it easy, she said. A-Yi, a middle-aged Taiwanese woman, rushed us out the door. Go eat! Enjoy! Thirty seconds earlier we sat at her table and enjoyed the two different teas that she prepared for us. I tried to pay, but she wouldn’t have it. Take it easy. Odd behavior for a woman who […]

Superhuman Event #1 Post Mortem

For years I’ve thought about doing a live event for my readers. It’s always been on the backburner as I’ve thought about formats and group sizes, but my friend Leo Babauta challenged me to set a date and just do one, so I did. Last weekend ten people came into town for a 1.5 day […]

When People Think You're Crazy

The first thing I did where I was aware that people thought I was crazy was to buy a school bus with my friends. In retrospect it probably wasn’t the first time people thought I was crazy, just the first time it was so obvious that I couldn’t ignore it. I was somewhat oblivious back […]

Never Worrying

One of my friends likes to remind me that everyone is worrying all the time, because he senses that I almost never worry. He’s right, and when I do worry it tends to be a more active process where there’s something happening and I’m trying to figure out what to do about it. I’m not […]

Why That Amount?

In one of my (many) posts about optimizing, someone made a comment to the effect of, “What’s the point of optimizing everything? Eventually you’ll optimize your entire life away and have nothing left to do.” That reminded me of what people say when they hear that I’m being cryogenically frozen when I die. Very often […]

Local and Global Optimization

It cost me about $100 to go to my friend’s Christmas party. I had to buy a cheap flight from Vegas to San Francisco, and then a couple uber rides to and from the party. On the surface, that doesn’t make all that much sense to do. But I made a deal with myself—any time […]

Mega Review of Teforia, The $1000 Tea Brewer

I remember hearing about the Teforia a long time ago. The story around it was that it was this comically overpriced tea brewer, often compared with the Juicero, that symbolized what was wrong with Silicon Valley. So, of course, I took very little interest in it. I like brewing tea and, having brewed it at […]


My main goal as a writer is to write pieces that will spark a permanent positive change for someone. I assume that most posts won’t do that for anyone, but if I write enough and have enough people read my posts, it will happen from time to time. I read a lot of blog posts […]

The Positives of Destroying my Bentley

Out of the corner of my eye, just past the cars lined up in the turning lane, I could see that something was coming towards me quickly. Way too quickly. I tried to swerve, but knew that the inevitable was coming. I heard crunching metal, the screeching of tires sliding sideways against the pavement, and […]

The Financial Benefit of Not Caring What Society Thinks

To see if anyone had any tips for smuggling huge amounts of Chipotle into a hotel (which I only discovered at the last minute wasn’t allowed), I searched Google for “Chipotle wedding”. I wasn’t the only person who had the idea to have Chipotle catering for my wedding, but that part didn’t surprise me. What […]

Wow 2017

I’m not sure how to even begin talking about 2017, except to say that it was a really exceptional year for me. As I’ve said in previous years, every year of my life has so far been better than the previous. The primary driver is that I work for permanent, not fleeting, progress. The net […]

The 2018 Gear Post

I’m going to do something a little bit different with the gear post this year. Usually I go over every single item in a small amount of detail. This year has only a few changes but they are really exciting changes, so I’m going to highlight only the differences. Once you finish reading this post, […]

How Quickly We Adapt

Eleven years ago I switched to a Dvorak keyboard. I was worried that I would get carpal tunnel syndrome if I stuck to Qwerty, so I made the switch. The first few days were pure agony, but then after a week or two it felt as natural as anything else. And, of course, it’s still […]

Making the Biggest Decisions

I wanted to write a post about making the Biggest Decisions. Before doing so, I thought I’d jot down some of mine and look for commonalities. What surprised me most was how few decisions of this magnitude there were. Depending on where I set the bar, I’ve probably only made 10 huge decisions in my […]