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Decision Making

Take the unsafe path

After graduating first in her class from Georgetown, Brit Marling got her dream job as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs. She had an eye-popping salary and a safe path to a safe future. She knew exactly where she’d live for the rest of her life, how much money she’d …

The myth of “shameless self-promotion”

I never got the concept of “shameless self-promotion.” The phrase presumes that self-promotion is normally shameful. And that if you’re promoting yourself—if you’re putting your ideas and your work into the world—you must be shameless. But if you don’t promote your creations, no one else will. Life isn’t Field of …

The one question I ask myself frequently

Back when I was a professor, I was appointed the chair of a faculty committee. At the time, the committee had a decades-old practice of holding meetings every month. Having sat through—no, suffered through—these meetings as a junior committee member, I knew we could cut the number in half and …

Help me pick the
title for my next book

Earlier this month, I finished writing my next book. I’ve been working on it for over a year, and I’m really excited to share it with you. The book will be published in April 2023 (I know—long lead time—but that’s how traditional publishing works). That brings me to the purpose …

Development Alchemy + Aim