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I’m an author, blogger and incessant traveler. I’ve spent several years living in Japan and am the founder of a global coaching platform called Carrus.ioIn my weekly newsletter I write about tech, Japan, and how to live a more productive and meaningful life. I try and keep my writing straightforward and speak from my own experience. You can view books I’ve written here and view a full archive of posts here. Check out my articles below to get started, and become a subscriber to access exclusive content here.

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Tips for Living in Tokyo: The Yamanote Line

Tips for Living in Tokyo: The Yamanote Line

08/04/2020

Don’t think you’re saving money by living 30–45 minutes outside of Tokyo, because you’re going to miss so much in your life whether it’s literal time, the stress, or the aggravation of riding trains in rush hour and standing up next to sweaty people. It’s just not worth it. Let’s say you found an apartment 30 ...

The Tao of Skittles: Don’t be Afraid of Things Because They’re Easy to Do

The Tao of Skittles: Don’t be Afraid of Things Because They’re Easy to Do

08/04/2020

My mouth watered as I stared at the giant jar full of Skittles. Our middle school was running a contest. All I had to do was guess how many Skittles were in the jar, and I would win at least a year’s supply.  Hmm…500, 5,000, 50,000?? No, no. I can’t just guess. I pulled out my math book from ...

Baking Cookies vs. Applying for Jobs

Baking Cookies vs. Applying for Jobs

05/23/2020

You’re baking delicious Neiman Marcus cookies and follow the recipe perfectly, but then your oven short-circuits and burns the cookies. There’s nothing wrong with your cookie-making process. And there’s nothing you really “learn” about baking cookies from this unfortunate incident. Shit just happens sometimes and now you have to get your oven repaired or replaced. ...

Signal vs. Noise

Signal vs. Noise

05/13/2020

Here are two seemingly conflicting ideas I’ve heard tossed around:  To be well-rounded in today’s world, you must strength-train your attention to be able to read a Tweet-storm and then delve into longer nonfiction like Kahnman and Traversky’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. Therefore, you should consume LOTS of different information at varying levels of difficulty (podcasts, tweets, to long biographies).  The ...

Why I started my business in The Netherlands

Why I started my business in The Netherlands

02/11/2020

I’ve recently moved to the Netherlands and can say that the process of getting a visa, apartment, and starting up my business was pretty hassle-free. There’s very little bureaucracy I had to deal with, and the country seems to really support small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Dutch just get it. Five reasons why the Netherlands is a ...

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