(book review) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

TL:DR: Giving so many f*cks about so many things--especially about things that don't matter--will drive us crazy and make us unhappy. This book is not only incredibly dense with wisdom but also incredibly well written and edited. It really feels like every word was chosen and place carefully, so as Read more [...]

McKinsey Quarterly interview with Pixar award-winning Director, Brad Bird

In the McKinsey Quarterly interview of Brad Bird, the award-winning Pixar film Director shared very interesting insights relevant to anyone leading highly-creative innovation work.   Below are some quotes from the interview and takeaways that are worth sharing. Before I got the chance to make films Read more [...]

the pivot: another entreprenuership lesson that’s relevant for business strategists and managers

The articulate and insightful Eric Ries, coined the term "pivot".   In the entreprenuership community, we hear this term a lot.  The definition and examples he provides in a SXSW interview  are just very well explained and insightful.    He says "A pivot is a change in strategy without a change Read more [...]

A most inspiring story and definition of “design”

In his TedTalk, John Hockenberry, helps me understand why I so love design, feel passionately about it's importance, and why I am so attracted to people--especially women--who have style...it is all about our intent. Quotes from John's Ted Talk: "You're right between horse and squirrel, John." "Design Read more [...]

Paradoux of Choice

In our quest to maximize freedom, we maximize choice, but is this maximization of choice leading to maximization of happiness? In his TedTalk, Psychologist Barry Swartz helps me understand why I hate large restaurant menus.  He articulates nicely, ideas that strongly suggest maximizing choice does Read more [...]

Takeaways in business and innovation from an internet icon

Marc Andreessen was recently recognized as a Wired Icon and pioneer of the internet.   Given his 20+ year history within the industry as an entrepreneur and now venture capitalist, his perspective has proven to be an insightful one; and so I read the transcript from his interview Chris Anderson. At Read more [...]

“That feeling can create its own reality.”

Two very curious psychological phenomena have been whirling around in my mind when I started to see how much of human behavior might be explained by them.     The first is the concept of "loss aversion", which explains we often act in ways that minimize our expected losses rather than maximize our Read more [...]