Learning Through Play (for Adults)

People ask: "I'd like to learn about XYZ thing. How?" The obvious answer is to go get some books and read. As we all realized in school, that's the opposite of fun. I use another technique: Invent a way to "play" with it. In other words,…

My 3 Best Travel Tools of 2017

I've been flying about 20,000 miles a year recently. This year, I made a few discoveries that have made a big difference in my travel experience. 1. Global Entry If you're not familiar, this is the US Customs program that gets you automatic TSA PreCheck so you don't have…

How to Email Like a Boss

Here's the secret to getting the highest ROI from email: Write less. That's it. This is easier said than done. It takes hard work as demonstrated in this clip from the great movie, A River Runs Through It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXZxZxgouPo You'll see the most influential…

In Defense of Being Prolific

This morning, I came across a songbook of the compositions of the Beatles over a two-year period in the 1960s. Flipping through the pages, I was surprised to see two things. First, they wrote tons of songs. Second, I was amazed at how many mediocre songs Lennon and McCartney actually…

Central Texas Winning the Amazon Sweepstakes

The Amazon HQ2 RFP announcement swept through the news in the past few weeks. https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=17044620011 Many pundits put the Texas cities well behind other candidates. This New York Times piece has Denver as a clear favorite: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/…

9/11

I think every generation has a couple of moments that really stick. For me, there are two: The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. I was 11. We watched it live in our classrooms. I still remember the CRT TV on that big, tall stand they'd wheel into the rooms.…

On Selecting a College

The optimal strategy for college selection is to choose the most selective school with the best brand name possible. I wish it weren't this way, but often the world doesn't work as we'd want it. Last week, I spoke to a friend pursuing an undergraduate degree. He complained about many…