Bill Gates Gifted 4 Million Copies of This Book. Here’s Why and What It’s About

On June 5, 2018, Bill Gates announced that he’d give away Hans Rosling’s book Factfulness as a gift to every person graduating college in 2018—making it available to 4 million associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor’s degrees cumulatively.  In an age where manifesting, motivated reasoning, and self-deception are in vogue, Rosling makes the case that when […]

How to Ease Brain Overload without Trying Harder

Our brains are overloaded. Roger E. Bohn and James E. Short at the Global Information Industry Center at UC San Diego suggest the average American took in around 34 gigabytes of data per day in 2009 (here’s the original estimate, via NYT). That was a year before Instagram was released. Nobody was searching “side hustle” […]

The Soothe of Creative Wellness

In 74 years, Betty Harper has drawn 20,000 images of Elvis Presley. That didn’t stop in the pandemic. “Since the pandemic, I’ve probably done almost a hundred pictures of Elvis,” she says. “It’s kind of relaxing. It’s like comfort food. You know the face so well.” Harper might have stumbled into creative wellness, but she […]

8 Lessons from 8 Years of Writing at Medium

On May 27, 2013, I wrote and published my first blog post at Medium. Designed in Toronto by Teehan+Lax, Medium made writing look and feel like it was worth your attention. Especially if a person didn’t blog regularly, Medium gave them a place to tell their stories. A lot of things have changed over the […]

Hope is as hollow as fear

Steve Jobs had no shortage of techniques that made him the leader that started Apple, and reversed its misfortunes in its later years. Still, one has always stood out to me: through a combination of willpower, hope, charm, perseverance, and pressure—and probably some phrases that could fit into a poem about hope (“Real artists ship” […]

Reading Is Reading Is Reading Is Reading

The concept and performance of reading is starting to overshadow the actual activity these days. For example, billionaires read books—therefore, reading makes you rich. Authors are likened to mentors. Reading makes you live a thousand lives.  At the end of the day, there are a ton of perks to reading. And I’m all for promoting […]

What Does It Mean to Be a Creative Person?

In his famous TED talk, the late Sir Ken Robinson said (2:49), “My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” It’s high time we also more clearly defined “creative person”—including its cousins, “creative” (a term used widely in the professional world, […]