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

What’s Up with Austin?

Austin is a mediocre city, but a great place to live. 

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.”

How To Build Your Personal Monopoly

Uncover your strengths, clearly communicate your value, start building your reputation online.

Starting to write online was the single best professional decision I’ve ever made, by an enormous margin."

Packy McCormick

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