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Decision Making

Why I’m leaving academia

First, some great news: Think Like a Rocket Scientist was just selected as an Amazon Top 20 Book of 2020 in three categories: non-fiction, business and leadership, and science. Following the book’s launch, I’ve appeared on dozens of podcasts. There’s a question that I’m often asked during podcast interviews: “Is …

The email that changed my life

To send or not to send? That was the question swirling through my mind as I sat in front of my computer as a 17-year-old high school senior in Istanbul. The cursor was blinking at the end of an email I had just typed up to a professor at Cornell, …

I don’t know what I’m doing

A reader recently complimented me on how I was spreading the word about my forthcoming book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist. “I’m very impressed,” he wrote, “with the extremely thoughtful strategy you have in place.” I said “thank you” in my reply. Here’s what I didn’t say: I don’t know …

How you can live multiple lives

No, I’m not talking about reincarnation. I’m talking about living many different lives in a single lifetime. Most of us assume we’ve got only one life to live. As a result, the career path we devise ends up being a one-way street. Sure, we might switch employers from time to …

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