7. Refrain from silver linings. These are sentences that start with “At least…” or “Luckily….” The only thing worse than having a hard thing happen to you is having people try to force you to see the positive before you’re ready. Better options include “This is so hard.” “Tell me how you’re feeling, if you feel like it.” Or, best of all, just make kindly I’m-listening noises while they talk to encourage them to keep going.
Why I’m Open-Sourcing an NFT Insider Trading Policy for the Web3 Community
I’m making the below NFT Insider Trading Policy available. You are free to share it, modify it, distribute it, read it at your wedding, turn it into rap lyrics, etc.. It is now the property of the web. Be free!
The Path to Better Thinking Through Puzzles and Riddles
My palms begin to sweat. I did not expect a pop quiz. Maybe she’s talking about foreign coins? Maybe rubles are involved, I say?
My 37 Favorite Documentaries — Features and Short Films That Cover High Performance, Overcoming Failure, Creative Process, Psychedelics, Trauma, and Much More
The below 37 documentaries have shaped my thinking and changed my behavior over the last several years. I revisit them often.
30 Quotes I’m Pondering and Revisiting
“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.” — Yousuf Karsh
The Surprising Path to Life on Mars: First, Go Underground?
For decades, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, had been insisting that humanity’s best shot at long-term survival was to eventually become a multiplanetary species.
My Favorite and Most Impactful Reads from 2021
This post will share the most impactful articles and books that I’ve read in the last 12 months.
How Animals Discover and Use Medicines
This guest post from Dr. Mark Plotkin (@DocMarkPlotkin) features an excerpt from his book Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature’s Healing Secrets. I loved the chapter so much that I published the audio version on the podcast. If you prefer the audio version, narrated by Mark, click here.
Machiavelli for Women: 7 Power Strategies for the Workplace
“Princes become great by vanquishing difficulties and opposition.”
How to Become a Better Writer by Becoming a Better Noticer
Let’s take an example from one of the greatest noticers in history, David Foster Wallace. In his famous commencement speech, “This is Water”—which is about the power of noticing—Foster Wallace recounts the experience of going to a grocery store on a stressful day. A less skilled noticer might write, “You go to the store and it’s crowded. The cashier looks angry and the shopping carts are broken.” Now see how the same moment comes alive in Foster’s prose through better noticing: