Sporting the world’s greatest mustache since forever

A few years ago, I wrote about the lessons I’ve learned from mom.

Now it’s your turn, dad. ;)

As a soon to be dad, I wanted to reflect on all the things you’ve taught me, as my attempt to be half as good of a dad as you were for me.

1. A great family is optional

Most people don’t talk to their parents or siblings EVERY day.

When I tell friends we have a “family text” where I’ll receive up to 100 text messages in a given day, about 90% of them say the same thing.

If I heard that often from my family…


Mullets are always in style, mom

I’ve been alive for 26 years. My mom has been alive for 56. That makes her, by default, at least 2x as smart.

The reality is she’s more like 200x as smart. Here’s a chart to explain.


In 1842, a young Abraham Lincoln learned a valuable lesson that changed his life forever.

This lesson was so important, it propelled him to become arguably the most efficient president in United States history. He led The Union to a Civil War victory, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

The crazy part is the lesson is supported by modern psychologists as well. In fact, neuroscientists from UCLA and University of Texas-Austin discuss the positive effects on the brain.

In addition, Lincoln’s unconventional practice produces the following benefits:

Reduces stress

Solves problems more effectively

Resolves critical disagreements…


Nothing in life motivated Steve Jobs more than death.

Every morning, he’d stare in the mirror and ask himself this question:

“If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?”

If too many days went by with the answer being “no,” he made changes in his life. He did this until he hit a consistent yes, which drove him to countless innovations and a company worth $702 billion.

Inspired by his success and focus, six months ago I began asking myself the same question:

Every morning as I leave…

User Acquisition @ HubSpot. Writing about growth, habits, and psychology.

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