The innovation lesson that NASA learned from losing $120 million

Mars is a master of deception.

With its red hue, the planet might appear warm, cozy, and welcoming to the unsuspecting observer. But it’s not. Mars is a hostile place–not just because the average temperature is -60 degrees celsius, not just because it’s dry, and not […]

The innovation lesson that NASA learned from losing $120 million 2017-11-16T00:19:17+00:00

Announcing my new book, amazing bonuses, and a sneak preview

This post has been 30 years in the making. Ever since I was a wide-eyed child devouring one book after another, I’ve dreamed of writing one of my own. I’m excited to officially announce that my first book, The Democratic […]

Announcing my new book, amazing bonuses, and a sneak preview 2017-11-06T23:25:43+00:00

The one question that will make you a better problem solver

Until 1970, suitcases were missing an ancient invention: wheels. People had to physically lug their monstrous luggages from car to terminal to airplane to destination. Wheels were ubiquitous on other objects, but no one thought to attach them to suitcases until Bernard Sadow came along. […]

The one question that will make you a better problem solver 2017-11-07T18:32:48+00:00

Want to be a better problem solver? Do this first.

The way that most people solve problems reminds me of a scene from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. During the trial of the Knave of Hearts, the King says “let the jury consider their verdict.” The impatient Queen interrupts and says, “No, no! Sentence first. […]

Want to be a better problem solver? Do this first. 2017-11-06T23:25:45+00:00

Why setting goals makes you less likely to achieve them

I’m a recovering outcome addict.

Since my teenage years, I’ve been chasing one outcome after the next.

The list is exhausting. Leaving Turkey and getting into a great college in the United States. Going to law school. Passing the bar exam. Finding a federal clerkship. Getting a […]

Why setting goals makes you less likely to achieve them 2017-11-06T23:25:45+00:00