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Life Lessons

The best of what I’m reading, watching, and exploring

From time to time, instead of my usual email with one big idea you can read in 3 minutes or less, I share with you the best of what I’m reading, watching, and exploring. Enjoy! Quick announcement first: My wife Kathy is holding a free masterclass TODAY in about 4 …

You can’t do it.

When I was growing up in Istanbul, our electricity supply was highly unreliable. Power would come and go as it pleased and, as a little boy, I’d get terrified whenever we had a blackout. To distract me, my dad came up with a game. When the power went out at …

How to think for yourself

Good Will Hunting is one of my all-time favorite movies. There’s a scene where Will and his friends walk into a Harvard bar (or “Hahvahd bah,” as they would pronounce it). In the bar, Will’s friend Chuckie starts chatting up Skylar, while pretending to be a Harvard student. Then, an …

Stop calling your office an office

A few weeks ago, I held a funeral. It wasn’t for a person. It was for what I used to call my “home office.” But unlike most funerals, no one was mourning this particular death. I’ve called this room my “home office” since we first moved in. I didn’t have …

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