The Key to History

According to Hannah Arendt, an ideology is not a mere “belief-system.” Here is what makes ideology particularly insidious.

March 18, 2021, 7 min read

Warren Buffett’s Most Surprising Discovery

William N. Thorndike, Jr. explains how doing the opposite of everyone else helped a group of outsider CEOs achieve unprecendented performance and beat the market… by a factor of 20

March 11, 2021, 11 min read

Once You Get There, You Can Move Mountains

Steve Jobs achieved great clarity in organizational and product design using what the teams at Apple called his “simple stick.”

March 4, 2021, 7 min read

Why You Can’t Find Your Passion, and What to Do Instead

In his book, The Motivation Myth, Jeff Haden suggests that the way most people view motivation is actually backwards.

February 25, 2021, 6 min read

Why Julius Caesar Didn’t Burn His Boats

Julius Caesar is sometimes incorrectly said to have burned his boats upon landing in Britain. He did just the opposite. Here are six stories from his famous Commentaries.

February 18, 2021, 14 min read

The 1 Mindset Switch You Need to Make to Achieve Consistent Success

Carol Dweck suggests that how we react to success or failure is governed by one of two mindsets. One leads to anger, deceit, and ruin. The other helps us use failure to our advantage and prevents success from feeding our ego.

February 11, 2021, 7 min read

6 Business Lessons From “the Worst Man on Earth Since the Beginning of the Christian Era”

Jay Gould was one of the wealthiest (and most despised) Americans of all time, making his riches on market speculation and manipulation in the era of the robber barons. Here are 6 lessons from Edward J. Renehan Jr.’s biography of the infamous “Mephistopheles of Wall Street.”

February 5, 2021, 11 min read

The Most Important Lesson From Marc Randolph’s Netflix Origin Story

Netflix co-founder shares his advice to aspiring entrepreneurs in his new book, That Will Never Work. Here’s the one lesson that stood out to me.

February 4, 2021, 3 min read

How to Publish an Instant Bestseller

Writers tend to focus on creation, but the process of curating existing content also offers a great opportunity to build an audience and deliver value.

February 3, 2021, 1 min read

How Jeff Haden Pulls In Millions of Views

The best-selling author consistently pulls in millions of monthly views to his column. I’ve analyzed 1,200 of his headlines to figure out why they work so well.

February 2, 2021, 5 min read

Reversing the Matthew Effect

It’s easier for those who already have wealth and power to gain more of the same than for those who have nothing. But it’s possible to reverse this effect and make it work to your advantage, even if you are starting from zero.

February 1, 2021, 6 min read