I don’t reboot my computer. Ever.

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That’s not actually true, but I have managed to keep a streak of no-reboots going for months at a time. I have adopted the completely irrational mantra that “Rebooting is for those who are too weak to figure it out.”

I’m running a Mac, so this isn’t some sort of ultra-nerdy Linux rant. No, this is a (short) story about self-imposed suffering leading to growth. But first, a diversion.

Have you ever run a marathon? I haven’t. Marathon runners are crazy people. They want to re-enact a historical event where the star of the…


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I don’t know if anyone else suffers from Airfare Analysis Paralysis, a particularly insidious form of analysis paralysis, but I do. Booking flights is usually an over-constrained problem for most. With family obligations, work obligations, and a general low tolerance for airports and layovers, I assume that most people find something in their price range that is generally tolerable and purchase, not looking back.

I do not. I have been fortunate to be able to structure my life and most of my business dealings such that, with some time zone contortionism and green-screen magic, I can be in my office…


This morning I received a message from a friend and teammate in Sebastian Marshall’s Ultrawork Pentathlon. We were diagnosing what goes wrong with my mornings more often than I would care to admit. I need to wake up with a bang!

As a high school student I needed to wake up early for swimming practice. The only way for me to wake up was with an alarm on my PC. The speakers were so loud that you could hear them from one end of the house to the next. …


For those of you joining me for the first time, you might want to read a little bit more about what the Ultraworking Pentathlon is before viewing this episode.

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The Broom of War

Burning tires. It was an unmistakable scent.

At the edge of the town square, a charred wreck of a bus was still on fire. A few well-armed young men huddled behind the opposite end of the bus. That end was where the flame had already gone out. Their leader, a tall, skinny tan man with black hair peered around the bus for just a second to see if the coast was…


You need a plan. The perfect plan will get you to where you’re going. It’s time to sit down, and figure out the plan. You’ll make a list of all of the steps. You’ll figure out where your destination is, and then you’ll work backwards from there. One step at a time.

Phew! All of this planning is so exhausting! I’d better go take a nap!

Maybe You Need a Next Step

You don’t need a master plan. You don’t even need perfection. Maybe you just need the next step.


In “The Endowed Progress Effect: How Artificial Advancement Increases Effort” (Journal of Consumer Research), Joseph Nunes and Xavier Drèze explain how our mind tricks us into thinking we’ve achieved more than we have.

The researchers a a looked at a fun little game that retailers play. Loyalty discounts! We have all had the experience of getting a loyalty discount punchcard. “Buy eight meals, get one free!”

The researchers ran an experiment. They gave customers a punchcard with eight slots. All were empty. For another group of customers they gave them a punch card with nine slots, but the first one…


What is your most important work? What is the thing that really drives results in your life? What is your biggest goal?

Chances are it sits here, in the upper right hand corner of the Eisenhower Matrix.

I would have made a prettier image, but this one from Wikimedia Commons was good enough, I guess.

The first problem is that things in the upper left, the “Urgent and Important” kitchen fire, beat out everything else. Franklin Covey discusses this at length in their work The Four Disciplines of Execution. Everything in life seems to conspire against you to prevent you from getting anything done on the important but not-urgent tasks.


It’s that time of year again. Sebastian Marshall is running another round of the Ultraworking Pentathlon, and I’ve signed up. It starts tomorrow. It’s always a reminder of how a man living in Malaysia can successfully run his life half on New York time, and half on Kuala Lumpur time.

So, follow along to find out what it is, how it works, and what I hope to achieve over the next few weeks through this oddly named spectacle.


Statue of The Great King Sejong, Inventor of the Korean Alphabet, in front of Gwanghwamun Castle in Seoul. (Photo by Mario Prada, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Unique Advantages of being an Adult Third Culture Kid

This is part one of a two part series wherein I make sweeping generalizations about Third Culture Kids through the lens of my own experience. Not all Third Culture Kids have the same experience. This is the bright side of my story.

What is a Third Culture Kid?

A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. …

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Mentor @SeoulGSC, Serial Entrepreneur @ChurchState1893, Former Adj. Professor @UUtah, Windbag @Dynamite_Circle, Part Time CTO, White Korean

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