Courage & Fear Category Archive

Surviving Superintelligence

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Suppose a group of superintelligent aliens came to earth. Or suppose that humans developed some advanced A.I. that’s far beyond our mental and physical abilities. If we could somehow communicate with these beings, what might we say to them? We might be too scared to say anything. We might just run and hide. But if […]

What to Do When You’re Falling Behind

Friday, April 24th, 2015

When I was a kid, it took me longer than I would have liked to learn how to ride a bike. I kept using a bike with training wheels and I didn’t practice much, so of course I didn’t learn how to balance. One day I observed that my sister (younger by 2.5 years) was […]

The Responsible Rebel

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

When you make a decision that goes against the grain of the prevailing social pressure in your life, such as by quitting your job to start your own business, there’s a tendency to think of yourself as being rebellious, independent, willful, or just plain different. Other people may label you thusly, so you might start applying […]

Heart-Centered Traveling

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

This month Rachelle and I are traveling through Europe again. We flew to Switzerland for the Lifestyle Design Convention in Zurich on January 10-11, where I shared stories and lessons about discovering and following a heart-centered, growth-oriented life path. The conference was a great success, and Kai Christen has already decided to host it again in January 2016. This is […]

Stimulation

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Finding the right level of stimulation for your work and relationships is one of life’s key challenges. Sometimes we procrastinate on tasks and check out from relationships because the overall stimulation level isn’t a good match for our preferences. Some situations are under-stimulating, causing us to feel bored and listless. Other situations are over-stimulating, causing us to feel stressed or […]

Imaginary Men (New Audio Program)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Today I’m happy to announce the launch of a whole new audio program that I recorded with several friends. It’s called Imaginary Men, and I think you’re going to enjoy it — especially if you’re in the mood for something different. This is a very unusual and original program. I doubt you’ve heard anything like […]

Do You Owe The World Anything?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The standard economic narrative as applied to human history tells us that barter came first, then money, and then credit and debt. In actuality we know that these concepts developed in the opposite order. Debt and credit pre-date the use of money by thousands of years. Money, in the form of early coins, came into usage largely […]

The Evil Exit

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

One of your most difficult challenges on your path of personal growth will be dealing with the consequences of seeing your values shift away from the people who are already in your life, such as your family, friends, roommates, or even your spouse. If you maintain a strong commitment to personal growth, such shifts are inevitable. […]

Why I Haven’t Hired a Web Designer

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Some people ask me why my website design looks so outdated. One reason is that I’m not much of a web designer myself (being color blind can be a minor obstacle there). The other reason is that the web designers who have approached me haven’t been very good at selling — to me. They try […]

Maybe I’m the One Who’s Crazy Nutso

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I’ve been receiving more feedback than usual about my last two articles, much of it pretty long and most of it sent privately. People have been encouraging me to share more along these lines. I think what they mean is that they’d like to see me share more about my own private thoughts and feelings, even […]