The Material Doesn’t Matter

I live in Palo Alto, which is a pretty wealthy neighborhood.  Add in the fact that there are a lot of only children, and you have a lot of kids whose rooms look like an FAO Schwarz showroom. Under those circumstances, a lot of parents are tempted to make sure that their kids get all … Continue reading The Material Doesn’t Matter

Success isn’t about Money, it’s about Time

Dave Winer is a true technology legend.  He founded his first company in 1981, and became a high-tech millionaire in 1987 when he sold it to Symantec…and that was all before he created blogging, RSS, OPML, and podcasting.  He’s uniquely positioned to comment on the impact of monetary “success” in Silicon Valley: http://bit.ly/12ABJmx “A few … Continue reading Success isn’t about Money, it’s about Time

Why Entrepreneurs Are Lonely (And What You Can Do About It)

A lot of people write about why entrepreneurs are lonely (including me).  Among the things we usually cite: Uncertainty, not being able to confide in others, having to be relentlessly upbeat even as disaster strikes. I think we’re actually missing a key insight.  I recently read Jonathan Haidt’s book, “The Righteous Mind.”  It’s a great … Continue reading Why Entrepreneurs Are Lonely (And What You Can Do About It)

Writing Takes Away The Power Of Bad Things

I am a huge believer in storytelling.  Whenever something traumatic happens in my life (and despite my incredibly lucky existence, bad things have happened), one of the most important steps I take to get past the initial emotional shock is to boil it down to a simple story, and lay out what I’m going to … Continue reading Writing Takes Away The Power Of Bad Things

Stop thinking big and start thinking small

It’s fashionable these days to lament the fact that Silicon Valley doesn’t think big.  Instead, entrepreneurs are focused on building apps that will experience explosive growth and be sold for a billion dollars before ever having to discover a business model (sound familiar?). I was at the 40th birthday party of one of my friends, … Continue reading Stop thinking big and start thinking small

Happier at Home: My Brief Reflections

I was grateful to Gretchen Rubin when she offered me a review copy of her new book, “Happier at Home.” Happiness is probably my favorite subject in the world.  I’ve been an avid reader of positive psychology books for over a decade (you can find a summary of some of the things I’ve learned in … Continue reading Happier at Home: My Brief Reflections

Faith, Community, Friendship, and Imperfection

Religion is a controversial topic. Not only do believers and atheists have strong (and opposing) feelings on the subject, but there because it hinges on the question of faith, by definition it is difficult to draw conclusions based on empirical evidence (my favorite mode of thinking). I know two things that are definitely true. The … Continue reading Faith, Community, Friendship, and Imperfection

Everyone Feels Like An Imposter

I had the good fortune of being allowed to be a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute this year. If you ever get the chance, it’s something you should definitely do. In my two days at the institute, I got to meet a bunch of amazing people who are making a real difference in the world. … Continue reading Everyone Feels Like An Imposter

You Can’t Be Truly Successful Without Self-Awareness

To be truly successful (e.g. not just professionally, but personally, and as part of the community), a person must know themself. Happiness comes when your self-perception and the outside world line up. When a person who has a high self-opinion is seen by the outside world as a failure, the result is anger and resentment. … Continue reading You Can’t Be Truly Successful Without Self-Awareness