The creative process

The long held myth that creativity cannot be taught is hurting people and businesses everywhere. Creativity is not art. But art is creative. Creativity is bringing something that didn't exist into the world. Creativity is innovation. It's having the confidence to fail over and over again until something works. Creativity…

ADHD burnout

Around 2pm today I felt burned out. I got up from my desk, walked across the hallway to my bedroom and feel to sleep. In 2016, in the weeks before having five seizures in one day, I felt like this all the time. This isn't like that. But it is…

Productivity is for robots

We've been gradually (and now not so gradually) increasing the productivity of our machines since the beginning of the industrial revolution, in 1760. To the point where machines are quickly replacing humans. And yet productivity advice is big business. YouTubers with millions of subscribers fill my feed and productivity 'experts'…

What people "think" is not relevant

The flaw of psychology (as a science) - and a reason many people refer to social science as fake science - is a lack of falsifiability. For a scientific test to be falsifiable you must be able to prove it false. Karl Popper, the philosopher of science famous for advocating…

My skin in the game

Consultant's get paid well, but the work is boring an unfulfilling. During a talk at MIT, Steve Jobs told the consultants in the room to consider making something real. Consultants are paid to give advice. And if that advice is wrong, they still get paid. So they have no skin…

Unicorns don't f*cking exist

90% of VC-funded startups fail. When the probability of a moonshot is close to zero and there are many slower growth alternatives with better odds, it is narcissism and insecurity that pushes startup founders to naively announce to the world - "hey, I'm building a unicorn!" What is this desperation…