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Let’s stop asking this question

Osmosis is the process by which molecules pass through a semipermeable membrane in order to balance concentrations.  I was pacing back and forth in my tiny room, memorizing one concept after the next for my high school biology exam. Pacing put me in a trance of sorts, allowing the semipermeable …

The problem with deliberate practice

Peter was tired of playing the electric guitar. His band had been on tour for 10 years. He had been strumming the same melodies on the same instrument for a decade. So he traded his electric guitar for an acoustic mandolin, an instrument he had never played. He set up …

How to see what others miss

It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. I had just decided to work with Chris West and his team at Video Narrative to create a demo reel for my keynote speaking—one of the several hats I wear (alongside author, professor, and curious non-conformist). Most speaker reels follow the same formula: …

Great minds don’t think alike

There’s a story I love about Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. The two men were intellectual rivals. They sharply disagreed about the uncertainty principle, which says that it’s impossible to determine both the exact position and the exact momentum of subatomic particles. During the Solvay conferences on physics, which brought …

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