How I Read When Researching a Book

The Reading Writer As a writer I’m required to read lots of books, especially when ramping up a new project, as I am now. The picture above, for example, shows the books I’ve purchased only in the past two days. I’ve already finished one of them. My approach to the books I process in my professional […]
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Aziz Ansari Quit the Internet

The Disconnected Life Aziz Ansari recently deleted the web browser from his phone and laptop. He also stopped using email, Twitter and Instagram. As he explained in an interview with GQ, when he gets into a cab, he now leaves his phone in his pocket and simply sits there and thinks; when he gets home, instead of […]
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Top Performer is Now Open

Top Performer is an eight-week online career mastery course that I developed with my friend and longtime collaborator Scott Young. It helps you develop a deep understanding of how your career works, and then apply the principles of deliberate practice to efficiently master the skills you identify as mattering most. Over the past four years we’ve had over […]
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On Claude Shannon’s Deliberate Depth

An Insightful Life  Claude Shannon is one of my intellectual heroes. His MIT master’s thesis, submitted in 1936, laid the foundation for digital circuit design. (My MIT master’s thesis, submitted 70 years later, has so far proven somewhat less influential.) His insight was simple. The wires, relays and switches that made up the types of […]
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When Slower Communication Enables Faster Growth

The Rule of Five This morning I listened to Srini Rao interview Sarah Peck. Though most of the interview focuses on Peck’s personal life, toward the end they discuss her work as a business consultant. During this segment, Peck mentioned an interesting heuristic I hadn’t heard before (I’m paraphrasing here): relying only on unstructured communication […]
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John Carmack’s Deep Nights

Late Night Depth I recently reread Masters of Doom — David Kushner’s entertaining (though cheesily dialogued) history of id Software. Something new caught my attention this time through the book. Kushner revealed that id’s ace coder, John Carmack, adopted an aggressive tactic to increase his effectiveness while working on his breakthrough Quake engine: Carmack, seeking […]
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