When we leave the room, my boss comes to me and says: “listen to me, yes, we agreed that floating rate is always better for the company, but for your house you should always go fixed."
Thirty minutes before, I had persuaded the big boys in the room to enter into several billion-dollar swap contracts that effectively transformed the company’s fixed rate debt into floating rate instruments, similar to ARMs.
So why then my boss and everyone else in that room had expressed the opposite view in their personal finances? Why the cognitive dissonance? Read More
How was it different than running solo? There were so many people, each running at a different pace. It was disorienting. If it weren’t for my Garmin watch, it would’ve been impossible to know (to feel) whether I was running at a sustainable rhythm. Read More
Check gears before restarting the ride… or run the risk of capsizing in front of a crowd of Harley riders. At least 20 of them, everyone enjoying the view and beverages at The Rock Store. I stopped to take a picture, unclipped, then tried to restart, clip, and make a U-turn at the same time. FAIL. LAUGHTER. Read More
This book is a collection of ideas and reflections on the intersection of economics, culture, and technology. It also provides a framework to process and understand businesses, be them existing and established, or inception-stage ventures. Read More
I lie. I do see these things when I’m not looking for them, and their sighting stress me out. All these items that create clutter but have some trivial and fleeting value and that I keep around long after their expiration date.
What would a wise man do? Refuse them in the first place, accept them and then immediately and coldly throw them away, set an expiration date and discard them once they reach it? Read More
Nerds vastly outnumber artists. Nerds keep gadget companies alive and profitable. Artists move the craft forward. We need both, but also, every nerd should aspire to be an artist.
I’m a Nerd. Yes, I admit it. But one day, I will be an artist.
Oh, and yes, this post is about buying a bicycle. Read More
The Greeks thought of themselves of a more refined and superior tradition than the Romans. “The east was in the immemorial possession of arts and luxury; whilst the west was inhabited by rude and warlike barbarians.” Read More
...always inclined to invest in learning about productivity tricks, mind hacks, health and fitness experiments… but… the more I learn, the more packed my day gets with tips, tricks, hacks and experiments. And once my day is filled, I continue writing tricks and hacks in a mental to-do list to complete on an "ideal day,” “when I get there". The overload makes me useless. So now what? Read More
"It wasn't easy, you know, to leave family behind and all that. You hear a constant buzz of guilt and, all of a sudden, find yourself running two hours every day. Not very intuitive because people associate running with thinking, with reflection. Not me. When I run, I think of nothing." Read More
Why is it so difficult to stick with a daily meditation practice if it only takes 10 minutes? The girl that got me into practicing had "taken a break from it”, even though she raved about its incomparable benefits. The few folks I encouraged to try Headspace didn’t make it past their first week. “Mornings are too hectic,” they explained.
I’ve practiced for 203 days, missing no more than five sessions. These are the tricks I use to stick with it. Read More
As we made our way uphill, the sky kept changing colors (it was the golden hour) and each turn on the trail would gift us a new vista of the mountains with the Pacific on the background. Wilson was clearly fighting a cold and the hill with limited airway capacity. I could hear his agony with each breath. Yet he kept pushing through. It was inspiring... "Because the cycling part is too tough.” This is where I get into the simple, silly mind tricks. On mile 5, my legs were begging to stop. They were burning. I imagined... Read More