Staring the human condition straight in the eye

“Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day. But if we forget to savor the world, what possible reason do we have for saving it? In a way, the savoring must come first.” -E.B. White *** IfRead More

Why following your passions is bad career advice

I used to be one of those annoying guys who urged people to find their passion and encouraged them to turn it into it their job. As far as I could tell, it seemed like an obvious formula for creating a great, profitable life. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I was falling victim to cliché andRead More

Being cool with being normal

I have to confess that for most of my life, I thought I was destined for fame and world-class success. I didn’t think I’d be in the top 1% of my field – I truly thought I would be the undisputed best. As a child magician, I believed I’d be the next Lance Burton orRead More

Why does success feel so empty?

Last week: Z*, who founded a 30 person company, is staying with me for the night. When I show him my apartment, I awkwardly say, “I know people in our circle are supposed to have huge, flashy apartments, but I just have this small little studio.” He says, “What are you talking about, man? HaveRead More

How to affect change in your country (even when things suck)

For many progressives – and conservatives – the past few weeks have been disturbing. First, the President of the United States escalated a cold war with North Korea. Then, he failed to calm the country after a surge of white supremacy. In fact, many feel that he (perhaps unintentionally) stoked the flames. In moments likeRead More

Living in a world where your body is obscene

“If war is holy and sex is obscene, we’ve got it twisted in this lucid dream” -Alicia Keys on “Holy War” – 1 – It’s easy to be compassionate when a loved one is going through a tough time. Without thinking, you offer warmth, empathy, patience, and playfulness. You encourage her to take a bitRead More

How to quit (and why it leads to happiness)

May, 2004: I’ve just stepped off stage from my last magic show ever. It feels… anticlimactic. I imagined that I’d be emotional, but I’m not. It’s as though today’s show held little significance. I didn’t even tell the audience that it was my last show. Though I admit I feel a little guilty. Over theRead More