Freedom is a worthy goal: the slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus said it was in fact the highest virtue, and over the course of human history many millions have perished seeking it, attaining it, or defending it. But, if you’re lucky enough to […]
Living With Fear: A User’s Guide
The world is a scary place right now: the novel coronavirus is spreading around the globe; the Saudis and Russians have picked the worst possible moment to engage in an all-out oil price war; financial markets have dropped about 30% […]
Lessons from Africa, Chapter 2: Practice Compassion.
We stared out the windows of the van as Benon, our driver, steered us north on the main highway out of Kigali towards Uganda, our next stop. Overloaded bicycles, topped with burlap sacks filled with produce, were pushed, tugged, and […]
Lessons from Africa, Chapter 1: Reconciliation is Personal.
I recently returned from a three-week tour of Africa, visiting Rwanda, Uganda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa. This was a deeply moving trip with family and friends, an opportunity for my wife to return to Rwanda (where she volunteered […]
Free yourself from what is holding you back, so you can be free to live the life you want
“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you” “Follow your bliss” Joseph Campbell I believe that each of us has an obligation to make the most of the freedom […]
How to Use Leverage to Create More Freedom
Archimedes famously boasted that, were he to have a lever long enough and a place to stand, he could move the Earth. A bit over-dramatic, perhaps, but he was (theoretically) correct – with a properly-placed lever, many seemingly-impossible tasks become […]
You don’t need to become an expert – you just need to keep trying.
I stood at the top of Marx, a wryly-named double-black-diamond expert ski trail at the peak of Big Sky’s Lone Mountain, over 11,000 feet above sea level. I had worked myself up to this over a week of skiing with […]
Jeez, how hard is it to achieve financial freedom, and how long does it take?
Good questions. To answer them, though, we need first to discuss what financial freedom really is and what it means to achieve it. A critical component of personal freedom is financial freedom: having enough financial assets to generate income that […]