Rethinking School

Since leaving college, I’ve started to take a more much critical look at our education system (K-12, at least). As I’ve read about successful entrepreneurs, I wonder why I never pursued the things they did when they were young. It always comes back to my insistence on “focusing on my schoolwork”. I didn’t want any […]

My Personal Vision of Greatness

I just finished my personal vision for 2015, and I feel outstanding! I’ve created an exciting narrative for where I want to be in 2.5 years, and I can’t wait to start working towards it (SPOILER ALERT: I already am!). Let me backtrack. In February, Julie and I attended a seminar with ZingTrain called “Creating […]


On my ride home from work a few weeks ago, I found myself having a really nice conversation…with myself. It was at this point that I realized how important it is for me to live with another human being, and the best possible situation is to live with someone that you love (as corny as […]

Book Review: Now, Discover Your Strengths

Now, Discover Your Strengths – Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton Buckingham and Clifton’s first book in their now extensive series is a well-articulated argument for focusing on your strengths versus developing your weaknesses. They describe the brain as a set of connections that work at various levels of efficiency and speed. The degree to […]

My Reading List

My scripted line for interviews about the merits of being an engineer goes like this: “I work hard. I work well in teams. I’m a problem solver. I can teach myself anything.” That last part has been really important as I’ve started working on my post-college education. Over the past year, I’ve realized that I […]

Bed Sore

I’m really thankful that I don’t have any real medical issues. I seldom need to go to the doctor, and I don’t take any medications. My experience at the hospital a few weeks ago really brought to light for me how inconvenient medical care is and just how inefficient emergency care is. What’s most surprising […]

Leveling Up

As an engineer, I’ve been taught to think of the world in terms of systems. This has translated especially well into my attempts at operating as an adult, specifically towards finances and exercise. Two of my favorite self-help gurus, Tim Ferris and Ramit Sethi, preach the tremendous effects that a well-tuned system can have on […]