My Former Life as a Secret Agent

I have never told anyone this. When I was 9 years old, I experienced a stressful event which caused me to partially withdraw from society.  I built around me a cocoon of imagination.  My whole life was fake. I imagined I was a secret agent. For some reason, my country needed a small boy with […]

Can YOU change the world?

Did a teacher ever make you feel ashamed?  Did anyone ever tell you to “just get motivated,” so you could learn faster, or pay attention better? Stephen Spielberg was a lazy student. At least that’s what his teachers thought.  In reality, he had dyslexia. He took two years longer than his peers to learn to […]

Want to live longer?

I am in Japan this week, meeting creative people.  I interacted with a really interesting person by chance. Across the alley from the apartment where I am staying, I was awoken early in the morning by an old man banging on a pot with a hammer. Determining a Japanese person’s age is difficult, but this […]

Should you go back to college or university?

Will your career be advanced by going back to school?  Maybe, maybe not. Do you wish you had earned a degree when you were younger? Do you feel left out of conversations when people quote Jane Austen?  Do you wish you could use historical examples from the Peloponesian War? Many people feel the allure of […]

To Be Creative, Specialize. Or Generalize.

To become creative—to consistently innovate—which strategy is best?  Should you focus expertise in your domain, going deeper?  Or should you be a generalist and learn broadly? My experience, and research, leads me to believe that both are necessary. Go Deep You can’t create a new guitar riff destined to become iconic, if you are not […]