Essays

My motto is: “Write every day.”

Most of my essays are about business, education, and what it means to be a citizen of the Internet. These essays are a record of my intellectual quest to make sense of the world. They’re the diary of my contemplative life. 

I write two kinds of essays: short-form and long-form.

If you’re new here, start with the short-form essays and work your way up to the long-form ones. 

Latest essay

Against 3X Speed

Mike boastfully reads 100 books per year. He listens to audiobooks at 3x speed whenever he drives and swears he can remember it all. His browser has a plugin that lets him speed up YouTube videos, and for a while, he listened to podcasts on a special app because of its unique “Smart Speed” feature. All around, his strategy for learning is simple: shove as much information into the mind as possible.

Start here with two of my favorite long-form and short-form reads.

Peter Thiel’s Religion

Human culture was fueled by rage and rivalry, which led to violence. Managing that violence is the secret reason for all religious and political institutions.

Practice Analytically, Perform Intuitively

There’s a famous saying in golf: “Drive for show, putt for dough.”