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The Four Steps to Expertise and Meaningful Contribution

There is a common paradigm for thinking about developing expertise that is built around consciousness and competence. The basic idea is that when we first begin doing something, we are unconsciously incompetent, i.e. we simply do not know how bad we are at doing...

Why I Read and Why I’m Reading Less in 2020

In case you hadn't guessed already - I really love to read, and as far as I can remember always have. Reading is even listed as its own line item on my resume under 'Personal Interests' followed closely after by golf and travel. I frequently get questions for...

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Books Read – Q4’19

Happy Holidays Everyone Heading in to year-end, I wanted to provide a final update on the books I've read this year.  Previous posts covered the First Half of 2019 and Q3'19.  I'm reading one longer book right now, and I do not anticipate wrapping it up by year-end....

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Books Read – Third Quarter 2019

Happy October and Happy Q4! In early July, I published a list of books I had read in the first half of 2019.  (link here) As I regularly get requests for book recommendations, I wanted to provide an updated list of what I spent my time reading during the third...

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Reading List – First Half of 2019

It has been a little while since I have posted an updated list of what I am reading / have read so far this year. I had aspirations of getting this list published before the start of summer, but sadly that did not happen.  I have tried to group the books into some...

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My Favorite Reads of 2018

Well, I didn’t plan to read as much in 2018 as I did. Nevertheless, I finished 47 books this year – just shy of a personal record. Generally, I don’t enjoy reading that many books, as it becomes difficult to keep them all straight / remember salient details....

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2018’s Summer Reading

I last posted a reading list in early May highlighting at a few great books I read in the month of April. Coming to the end of the summer, I thought it may be worthwhile if I highlighted my summer reading.  It has been a busy few months of reading, and there have been...

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Books Read in April

April ended up being fairly productive on the reading front, with four books finished, bringing the year-to-date total to 19. Here are a few quick highlights on each of April’s reads. Never Split the Difference — Chris Voss and Tahl Raz Hands down the best read of the...

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8 Things Every High School Senior Should Know About College

8 Things Every High School Senior Should Know About College

A younger cousin of mine was just accepted to my Alma Mater, Wake Forest. I wrote her an email recently reflecting on what I wish I had known about college given what I know now. I thought this might be valuable for others as well. Hey and Happy New Year! I know your...

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Competitive and Driven are not Synonyms

Many synonymous words we take for granted, never bothering to contemplate whether or not they are in fact, equivalent. In the last several weeks, I have been struck that there is in fact a difference between being ‘competitive’ and being ‘driven.’ For a long period of...

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