Peter Thiel on Mapping A Life

A good intermediate lesson in chess is that even a bad plan is better than no plan at all. Having no plan is chaotic. And yet people default to no plan. When I taught at the law school last year, I’d ask law students what they wanted to do with their life. Most had no […]

Keyser Soze

“[Keyser Soze’s] supposed to be Turkish…[o]ne story the guys told me, the story I believe, was from his days in Turkey. There was a gang of Hungarians that wanted their own mob. They realized that to be in power, you didn’t need guns or money or even numbers. You just needed the will to do […]

Investing in Things You Love

I wrote before about lessons I learned while investing. Here’s another. I don’t know if it’s a lesson; probably, more like an observation. I like investing in products that I use or love. Here’s the problem with this. This doesn’t always work out well. And regardless of the outcomes, it can shade your decision-making process, […]

On Writing

I’ve always been insecure about my writing. This isn’t some falsely modest claim. Growing up, I was much better at math classes than my English and history classes. My grades and SAT scores reflected that. I wasn’t “better” in the sense of getting an “A” in AP Calculus and a “B+” in AP English. I […]