• What I Learned From Prison Inmates

    inmates coding with The Last Mile

    The other day, I spent my morning volunteering an the San Quentin prison with a program called The Last Mile. As Wired recently reported, this nonprofit seeks to help inmates prepare to get a job on the outside. I was as shocked as anybody when a friend of mine called up asking me to teach advanced […]

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  • Building Focus

    Mind Control

    I’ve received a few requests for this post, so here it is: my approach to focus. It is not an end-all be-all solution for everybody, but rather a look at the key underlying ways you can keep yourself moving towards a task. The tricks here should work well for anybody, but some may need to […]

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  • Activation Energy: The Science of Getting Started

    Activation Energy

    How many times have you put off starting something? How many times did that same task end up being relatively easy, once you finally got started? In chemistry, activation energy is the “minimum energy required to start a chemical reaction.” What is fascinating about the concept is that this initial energy typically far exceeds the […]

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