Thoughts on Life

A part of me can’t believe that I’m actually going to write about the Meghan Markle interview with Oprah. I pretty much ignore American and British tabloid media. I don’t pay attention to anything going on with the British royal family (and former members thereof). However, for some reason I can’t quite articulate, I decided [...]

A couple of weeks ago, McKinsey settled a major lawsuit regarding the firm’s work with the manufacturer of OxyContin — one of the key drugs in the opioid crisis that has claimed many lives. The settlement was for close to $600 million, as reported by the New York Times. Here are my thoughts… First, I’m [...]

In U.S. business news, the story of the week is day traders on the Robinhood stock trading app organizing stock trades via Reddit, a social media platform, to buy shares in the public company GameStop, all to make money while taking down Wall Street billionaires and their hedge funds. The above sentence is probably the [...]

In watching the recent U.S. presidential inauguration, I couldn’t help but notice 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman. I think her poem recitation and public speaking performance serves as an example of many concepts I’ve taught in my writing over the years. I had never heard of Amanda Gorman before hearing her speak, so I had zero [...]

Over the last 15 years or so, I have struggled at times with depression and suicidal thoughts. In those moments, I felt an overwhelming sense of pain and hopelessness about the future.  I’ve contemplated taking my own life on more occasions than I care to admit, think about, or remember. This is the first time [...]

When you’re an interesting person, people want to connect with you. They want to work with you, hang out with you, or work for you. Candidly, being interesting is a major advantage in both your personal and professional lives. An interesting person can’t easily be categorized, stereotyped… or ignored. When you meet an interesting person, [...]

The other day, someone asked me about how to be more emotionally resilient in the face of obstacles and failures. While being completely immune to disappointment isn’t realistic, I do think it’s possible to reduce its impact on your life by 80% to 90%. My working process is that all disappointment comes from… expectations. If [...]

I’ve had a multi-decade debate with myself about solving one problem at a time or multi-tasking and trying to solve multiple problems concurrently. After much internal debate, I’ve come to a conclusion that’s a slight hybrid of the two. The hybrid approach presumes that you know your objectives. It further presumes that your objectives are [...]

One of the single most powerful, life-changing, and career-changing tools is the ability to understand what somebody else needs. I know that sounds terribly anticlimactic but hear me out. Every breakthrough product came about because someone figured out a customer’s underlying need (which is sometimes different than what they ask for) and figured out a [...]

All relationships work more smoothly when expectations are clear and explicit. The opposite of an explicit expectation is an implied one. Let’s look at both personal and professional examples. When two people become a couple, one of the issues they’ll need to navigate is holidays. Whose family do we spend this holiday with versus another? [...]

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