“Who are you and why should I care?”
Good question. I don’t have any fancy letters after my name, I dropped out of college in my second semester, I’ve never had a full time job and I’ve never had a job for more than a year.
If you place a lot of importance in certificates, formal credentials, and diplomas, you’ve probably already stopped reading.
If, however, you place more value in someone’s ability to make rational, logical arguments than titles, we may get along just fine.
The only reason to care about anything is related to how much it helps you. The purpose of my work is to help as many people as efficiently as possible.
“So you haven’t spent much time working or going to school… you sound like a bum.”
Hold your horses there, cowboy. I never said I didn’t work much, I only said I haven’t spent much time working for other people.
And while I haven’t spent much time at school, I’m obsessed with learning. But I focus primarily on learning about things that are practical, which is why I have such an aversion to our current school system.
“Okay, so why should I care if you’re “obsessed with learning?”
Only because I’m also obsessed with making things better.
I spend a great deal of time learning and observing, applying and experimenting, and contemplating and refining.
I then condense what I’ve learned in an easy and accessible way. So what took me a long time to learn, you can learn much faster and more efficiently.
“Why are you doing this?”
I mentioned that I’m obsessed with learning. Well, the best way to learn something is to teach it.
I mentioned that I’m obsessed with making things better. This is the way I can help the most people.
“I want to know more about you as a person.”
Okay, here are some bullet points:
- I grew up by the beach in Southern California.
- My next door neighbor growing up was my best friend. We were both huge smartasses and trained our humor and verbal sparring abilities from a young age.
- I’ve spent a large part of my life learning to soften my smartass instinct to assert dominance through “being right.”
- I played a lot of competitive soccer growing up.
- I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur from a young age.
- I lived in Brazil for a year and a half, where I worked for a language learning startup, eu falo portugués.
- I currently live in Boulder, Colorado.
- I love dancing, especially contact improv.
- I’ve taught a bunch of hatha yoga classes (but I’m not interested in doing it further).
- I’ve had over 200 articles published on different sites and many more that have not been published. I’ve probably written about five books worth of content.
- I’ve eaten mostly vegan for seven years. I’m super picky about the sourcing of the animal products that I eat.
- I will destroy you in ping pong.
- I’m not good at singing or playing instruments.
- I’m insanely confident and perhaps slightly delusional in my ambition. Also, I generally believe in people more than they believe in themselves.
- I strongly believe cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, are the future of money.
- I also strongly believe that the most important changes the U.S. needs to make is to:
- make corruption illegal
- enable ranked voting
- fix gerrymandering
- My philosophy condensed:
- set yourself up for success
- get out of your own way
“I want to see some pictures.”