Journal

Some Thoughts on Brave New World (1931)

The “brave new world” is strikingly similar to our own. Where its rules and designs are stark and defined—ours are subtler, but hardly different. An engineered society. Rules imposed to protect social stability, foremost. Then to repel all insecurities from our fragile minds. Embryos engineered for particular tasks. Persons conditioned to love those tasks, to […]

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Our new video

I had a new video made for PeopleFish. Our new PeopleFish video. I wrote the script. A quick explainer. No wasted time. Strategy here was to be short enough that there’s less reason to “skip” the ad, should we start pushing it before related videos on YouTube. It moves fast, and it’s only 22 seconds […]

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Five people I follow online

Every day, I’m inspired by people. Most of these people, I’ve never actually met. I know them by the content they publish online. I appreciate every last word of it. Sometimes while chatting with friends, I’m struck at just how much online “curating” I’ve done over the years—following (and unfollowing) people who inspire me to […]

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Monday update (7/16)

I read Rob Bell’s What Is the Bible? last week. Wrote a 200-word review of it last night. I’m going to write a 200-word review for every book I read the rest of this year—my way of keeping myself accountable to actually read a book every week. That said, Rob Bell is interesting to me. I like him. […]

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200-word Book Review: What Is the Bible? (Rob Bell, 2017)

Rob Bell wants you to read the Bible better. He wants you to ask, when reading: Why did people write this down in the first place? When you do this, the Scriptures turn from stale to sacred—inspired not just by definition, but truly and deeply inspirational. Bell inspires this perspective with examples. From Moses’ organ to […]

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A Monday update

I’m going to try and read one book per week for the rest of the year. Last week was The Exorcist. This week, What is the Bible? (Rob Bell, 2017). I’m saying this here in order to keep myself accountable. I’m shifting my work from Haven Insights to PeopleFish. This is a sort-of rebrand. It’s been a long-time coming. […]

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How to get rich (without getting lucky)

Credit @naval. Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy. Understand that ethical wealth creation is possible. If you secretly despise wealth, it will elude you. Ignore people playing status games. They […]

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Forget FAKE NEWS. Stop DUMB NEWS!

Forget about FAKE NEWS. Our bigger problem is DUMB NEWS. What’s dumb news? Example headlines: Man goes on racist tirade in NYC Starbucks. Woman uses n-word after Panera order botched. Trump supporter goes ballistic at liberal neighbors. Sharing such stories only divides people. It’s just a play for more “likes.”Identify dumb news with the following […]

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Success happens in discrete, singular moments

Turning points are everywhere. You probably don’t know when they’re happening. You see them only in retrospect. But all the time—every single week—you make decisions that constitute some big turning point in your life. The mind can never foresee it’s own advance.F.A. Hayek Since this is true, it means right now matters. Right now could […]

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Social media hates your soul?

This Jaron Lanier interview is one of the most fascinating things I've read this year. Thanks to Rod Dreher for pointing it out. The argument is that social media hates your soul. And it suggests that there’s a whole spiritual, religious belief system along with social media like Facebook that I think people don’t like. And […]

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