Lessons From Africa, Chapter 3: You Have No Excuses

One striking thing we noticed in the first part of our trip, through Rwanda, Uganda, and parts of South Africa, was the incredible industry and optimism of the people we encountered, in spite of the widespread poverty and general lack of resources. In Kigali, Rwanda, we saw thousands of bicycles and small motorcycles in use […]

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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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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 my 25-year-old son Max and a couple of his friends, but now that I was […]

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8 Lessons from my Mother

Over the last few months, as my mother’s health worsened (she had been suffering from dementia and complications for roughly the last 5 years), I’ve been thinking a lot about what her legacy has been, what her life meant to me and to our family, and what lessons she handed down to us over the […]

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