The year is 2046.
COVID-19 is long-gone. Like polio, like smallpox, like the influenza pandemic of 1918, 2020 was a moment in time now relegated to the history books. Looking back, it was a year of inflection: a point at which the world collectively said, “no more.”
According to many future historians, 2020 was the year when we began to meet the moment. We stepped forward. We invested in science as never before. We rediscovered our pioneer roots, and we turned a corner. We passed the “Great Filter.”
Faced with tyranny, a global pandemic, raging firestorms and hurricanes, unprecedented inequality…
America has been through a lot in the last twenty years:
February 24, 2051.
You open your eyes to a world of color and light.
You know that what you’re experiencing isn’t real. But it might as well be.
Cliffsides and sheer rocks rise from thick ocean mists. A radiant sunrise gleans through the bluff faces. You can feel the seawater on your skin, taste the lingering salt in the air. You’re conscious inside of this controlled lucid dream. You can meet up with online friends here. You can live, work, explore in peace… anything you want.
A year ago, Big Tech released its first cloud-linked temporal implant. …
Silicon Valley has a saying.
“Don’t bet against Elon Musk.”
In the last decade, one person has become America’s name for big ideas.
What will he do next? The wildest of Elon Musk’s visions have a tendency to become a reality, given enough time.
A few years ago, these were all sci-fi concepts. Now, they…
Simplify, Meditate, Walk with Nature, Organize
How do some people stay focused through hard times?
What is the link between focus on the one hand, and resilience on the other?
In this TEDx talk, neuroscience researcher Marvin Chun discusses the limits of the brain’s potential to multitask. He provides three tips for improving concentration — “simplify, relax, unitask.”
The full talk is well worth a watch. Below, I distill Chun’s three points into four related ones.
“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca
December 1, 2021 — what does the image conjure in your mind?
Your actions today are already shaping that future.
Every choice matters. Even your subconscious shapes what’s coming for you.
So many people go through life without introspection — without planning. This is a form of surrender. If you don’t plan…
Do you ever wonder how “breakout” success happens?
How do the very best people go from ordinary, even painful circumstances — only to achieve explosive success?
Is it intellect? Talent? Or, something else?
“A little action often spurs a lot of momentum.”
― Noah Scalin
In any new endeavor, the first 4–12 weeks are the hardest part.
There are several reasons for this. During the initial growth period:
Say what you’re going to say, then move on.
Watch your adverbs. Watch your “complex” words. A fifth-grader should be able to understand your words.
Grammarly features the “Flesch Readability Score” — a simple number to check how easy or difficult your writing is to read. (This is not the Grammarly Score.) The higher the Flesch Score, the larger your potential audience. Ideally, your writing should be above 70.
If you don’t have access to Grammarly, that’s okay. It’s not rocket science. Use short sentences. Write simply. Communicate clearly.
Anything worth saying is worth saying simply.
Don’t waste words.
Tennis is different from most other sports. There’s no one on the court but you.
If you lose, you lose. If you win, you win. Your preparation, your skill, your fitness, your outlook — everything goes into the mix. But there’s no one else to blame.
I started playing at age 13.
I lost every tournament match I played, 0–6, 0–6.
The first loss was to the number-one seed in a big tournament. You’re expected to lose to the top seed. This is the top player in the tournament (usually a regional or national player), risking his rank by playing…
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