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It’s a slip, not a fall

It was another crushing failure. He had just lost his bid for the U.S. Senate by a narrow margin. He was a village lawyer who had grown up in deep poverty, borrowing law books from friends to educate himself. He wanted to serve his country through politics but had achieved …

Stop looking for hacks. Do this instead.

At its core, a rocket launch is the controlled explosion of a small nuclear bomb—controlled being the operative word. A rocket burns with unbelievable fury. One wrong step, one miscalculation, and you can expect the worst. “There are a thousand things that can happen when you go to light a …

The article that changed my life

This whole thing is so obvious. I was shaking my head in self-loathing at what I’d just written. It was an article about why facts don’t change people’s minds. The insights in it were obvious to me. As a former rocket scientist, I had spent much of my life trying …

4 simple ways to make better decisions

A donkey is standing between a pile of hay and a bucket of water. He’s very thirsty, but also very hungry. Should I eat the hay first? Or drink the water first? Unable to decide, the donkey eventually dies of hunger and thirst. I know what you’re thinking: I’m not …

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