Focus on living your life – not measuring it.

We owe our current-day obsession with metrics in large part to Frederick W. Taylor, the early 20th-century engineer and management consultant who introduced the concepts of metrics and data analysis as important tools to increase industrial efficiency. Since Taylor’s day, metrics have become omnipresent, moving well beyond the factory to intrude in almost every aspect […]

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Five Simple Freedom Habits for the New Year

Simplify, simplify, simplify – that’s what Thoreau urged in Walden. Over the past year, I’ve tried to take his words to heart as I’ve removed things, influences, people, and places from my life that made no positive contribution. I’ve also tried to be more succinct in thought, word, and deed (hey, David Byrne, you were […]

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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 not only possible but downright easy. In particular, the principle of leverage can have a […]

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