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Antifragile

“Few understand that procrastination is our natural defense, letting things take care of themselves and exercise their antifragility; it results from some ecological or naturalistic wisdom, and is not always bad — at an existential level, it is my body rebelling against its entrapment. It is my soul fighting the Procrustean bed of modernity.” ~Nasim…
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Zain Abiddin

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Zain Abiddin

“For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness” ~ Carl Sagan      

How to build habit-forming products

In his book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products , Nir Eyal shows us the key characteristics of habit-forming digital products. Essentially, in order to gain unprompted user engagement and repeatedly bringing users back to use your product it needs to have to following four characters built in: Trigger Action Variable Reward Investment In the following video…
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Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids On a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain Slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night? You better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. Do you run through each day On the…
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The Hero’s Journey

In Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, the idea of what makes a hero has been examined through comparing myths and frameworks from different religions and belief. Here’s a video that does a pretty good job of explaining it:    

BMW HackTheDrive

This past weekend I took part in a hackathon by BMW here in San Francisco. The goal of the hackathon was to come up with a consumer app that best utilizes the BMW i3 Car Data & various partner technologies. Our team came up with an app that uses data from your phone’s sensors and…
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Theming Your Days

As an entrepreneur, it’s a constant challenge to make sure you’re prioritizing your time effectively. I’ve tried many time management systems but the one that’s been working pretty well for me has been one that was recommended to me by Jack Dorsey, the founder Twitter & Square.  For me here’s how I structure my week:…
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The Startup of You

Globalization & technology has made the job market fiercely competitive. It is no longer the job market our parents had when coming out of college. The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, has been my guide to planning and managing my career. Here’s a great visual summary of the book: Start-up…
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Winning People To Your Way of Thinking

In How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie goes over some timeless principles on how to win people to your way of thinking. Many highly successful people have attributed their success to Dale Carnegie, including Warren Buffet. For me, when I find that my relationships are lacking in any way I go back the following…
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