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Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

July 15, 2014

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” If you were to make a list of the best commencement addresses ever, you’d find this one from Steve Jobs up there with the likes of David Foster Wallace, Neil Gaiman, and Naval Adm. William H. McRaven. [M]uch of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out […]

Make Good Art: One Of The Best Commencement Speeches Ever

May 30, 2012

Although Neil Gaiman never attended college, he gives one of the best commencement speeches ever. This is right up there with the Steve Jobs and David Foster Wallace commencement speeches. People who know the rules know what is possible and what is impossible. You do not and you should not. The rules of what is […]


September 02, 2018

2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 *** December The Power Broker Robert Caro’s masterpiece on New York political power between the 1920s and the 1960s, focuses on Robert Moses — the creator of institutions like the Parks Commission and the Bridge, Port, and Tunnel Authorities. Sound mundane? You’ll have to […]

The Power of Incentives: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior

October 02, 2017

Incentives are what drive human behavior. Understanding incentives is the key to understanding people. Conversely, failing to recognize the importance of incentives often leads us to make major errors. *** According to Charlie Munger, there are only a few forces more powerful than incentives. In his speech The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, he reflects on […]

The Most Respectful Interpretation

January 16, 2017

Consider this situation: You email a colleague with a question expecting a prompt response, but hours or days later you’ve yet to hear from them. Perhaps you can’t move forward on your project without their input so you find yourself blocked. How do you imagine you feel in this situation? For many of us, situations […]


January 07, 2017

2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 *** Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World — A comprehensive and engaging history of Roman peace, which was brought on not by words but dominance. Goldsworthy recounts the civil rebellions of the conquered, including why they broke out and how the Romans […]