Category: 4. Live Less Bad

  • Work Life 4.0

    I am working again. It’s been 2 months. It’s both fun and very frustrating.  I am trying hard to maintain balance- workouts, reading, food, time with family, my personal brand on Linkedin, and work. I think I am doing much better this time around. Lastly, I am trying hard to maintain my composure, to care…

  • Homing Attention

    3 ways I steer my attention: “empty the cup,” flash the flashlight,” “rotate the crops.” Some say our attention is our most precious resource, yet it’s challenging because it’s easy for our attention to scatter and to be captured. The reasons are often beyond our control – an unfinished work conversation, the latest news, life…

  • 2023 in Random Moments

    A Year of Taylor Swift, Divorces, Job Search, Losing To Screens, and Lifting Lighter Weights. In 2023, I stumbled upon a discovery that threw my fitness routine into chaos. For over a decade, I had followed a strict workout regimen, but a three-week hiatus this year taught me more about my body than all those…

  • 2023 in Books

    2023 in Books

    STATS: 29 books20 Audiobooks8 Kindle books2 Real book3 unfinished books2x: The speed I listened to audiobooks2 Chinese booksE in Diversity score (4 Female Authors) CATEGORIES: 8 History & Culture3 Science Fictions3 Thrillers2 Environment6 Biographies & Memoirs1 Politics1 Coming-of-Age Fiction3 Health & Parenting2 Business BOOK OF THE YEAR: What’s Our Problem?: A Self-Help Book for Societies,…

  • The Comfort of Charlie Munger

    The Comfort of Charlie Munger

    In Boston, inside a quiet mall, the chilled air on the sixth floor held a hint of men’s cologne and new suits–a stark contrast to the late afternoon summer heat outside. I was there, pushing my son, fast asleep in his stroller, while my wife and daughter were shopping elsewhere. I listened to the ‘Berkshire…

  • Re-wired

    One of the effects of becoming aware that there is a “me” on top of all my thoughts and feelings- this concept of being meta about myself, is the loss of my ability to daydream intensely. I used to be able to imagine deeply. I would imagine myself as a Dragon Ball-like person, with all…

  • Turning Down An Offer At 47

    I recently turned down an offer, and while I know how I feel about it, I’m unsure how to think about it in terms of its impact on my future. I decided to engage in the interviewing process because a close friend of mine, who had recently left Apple to join this company, recruited me.…

  • Does Musk Know He Is Fucked Up? Wrong Question.

    My wife noted, “The worst part is that Musk is unaware of the magnitude of his problems.” I don’t think his problem is a lack of awareness. The biggest problem is that he genuinely doesn’t think there are better solutions. In the latest book on Musk by Issacson, Musk acknowledged his situation multiple times. He…

  • Birthday Gifts

    A few birthday gifts for everyone. They really spark good vibes: 1. Read the fiction “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow” by Gabrielle Zevin. It’s the most enjoyable book I have read when I was 46. 2. Use the Photo Shuffle feature and turn your iPhone’s lock screen into a oasis of joy: Here is how:…

  • 47

    I grew up a tad more from 46 to 47: Mentally, I have found new ways of managing myself. I have even graduated from relying on drugs. I am very happy about that, because I am less groggy, I sleep better, and I have fewer strange mental kinks to wrestle with. I lose my shit…