6 Ideas to Solve the California Drought

This post is a thought experiment. Clearly, I’m missing some of the nuance around this issue. However, thinking about how to solve this was fun, and I think some of the below ideas could be useful. Lately, there has been a loooot of fighting, politicizing and hand-wringing about the drought in California (see CA website). You know it’s been going on for a while when…

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Why Virtual Reality Will Change Your Life

There’s a lot of hype in the Valley around virtual reality. Microsoft, Phillips, Samsung and Google are all entering the game currently dominated by Facebook and their $2 billion purchase of Oculus Rift — the VR system with the most hype, despite the fact that it hasn’t shipped yet. I’ve tried the Oculus, and can testify that it’s a really cool experience. It wasn’t quite enough to…

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The New Unemployment

I live in a bubble. Most people I know are gainfully employed, or running a company they started. Statistically, most people my age (25) aren’t doing as well. Youth unemployment is about 13%. Further, most of the unemployed aren’t employable — nearly a million lack even a high school diploma, and another 1.8 million are out of work with only a diploma or its equivalent. Some would…

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8 Questions to Create an Interesting Conversation

I love questions that make conversations, life more interesting. After reading this article last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about questions I like that make for fascinating conversation. Here’s a short list: What do you believe is true that almost nobody agrees with? (The Peter Thiel question) What’s the last thing that made you laugh out loud? If you could call yourself five years…

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How to Build Confidence in 5 Minutes a Day

This summer I developed a morning routine. I’ve read several books about how great men and women worked, and a common thread in almost each individual’s story was a routine they followed each and every morning. Maya Angelou rented a hotel room where she’d start writing every morning at 6:30. Ben Franklin used to sit naked in his chamber for 30 minutes reading and writing,…

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We are all (almost) millionaires

Never before have expectations been so high about what human beings can achieve with their lifespan. We’re told, from many sources, that anyone can achieve anything. We’ve done away with the caste system. We are now in a system where anyone can rise to any position they please. And it’s a beautiful idea. Along with that is a kind of spirit of equality. We’re all…

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Fight Through the Suck

There’s something I’ve been noticing lately as I’ve started to try and develop several new habits. It’s not just me – I’ve had this conversation with several of my friends who’ve also felt or noticed the same thing. The phenomenon is this: when trying to improve at something, prepare to actively get worse while you try to get better. This can be maddening when you’re working hard at something,…

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On Becoming

You’ve decided you want to do something in this world. You’ve internalized the fact that you can do anything you want. How do you succeed? Let’s say your goal is to be a millionaire by age 30. What do you do? Focus on becoming the type of person that can become a millionaire at 30. Why? Because focusing on the process – rather than the outcome – increases your chances of…

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