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There’s an elephant in this room

Back in 2020, I gave a virtual presentation at X, formerly known as Google X. The notoriously secretive company is known as the moonshot factory. X doesn’t innovate for Google. Its mission is to create the next Google. X has produced numerous groundbreaking technologies, including self-driving cars, autonomous drones, and …

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 …

Please stop ghosting people

Ghosting is becoming too common. If you’ve never heard the term, it refers to the practice of ending all communication with a person. When someone ghosts you, they sever their connection with you and ignore your messages. They pull a disappearing act and pretend they no longer exist. They become …

Can one person really make a difference?

Back in the 1940s, there was a 14-year old boy living in a small village in Turkey. He grew up in poverty and helped support his family as a shepherd tending sheep. He heard that a school had opened up in a nearby village for training future elementary school teachers. …

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