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I’m a Tokyo-based author, blogger and entrepreneur. I write about tech, Japan, and how to make the most out of life. I read a lot, but I try and keep my writing straightforward and speak from my own experience. Check out my articles below to get started!

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A Simple Heuristic for Better Decision-Making

01/11/2019

Here’s a powerful, yet simple heuristic you can use in decision-making that I got from Shane Parrish of Farnam Street Blog. When faced with a tough decision, choose the one where the First Order Effects are negative, but the Second Order Effects are positive. For example…. The first order effects of drinking alcohol are positive — “this is fun, I ...

How Much Meditation is Enough?

12/28/2018

I was in Thailand a few weeks ago and signed up to do a 5 day Vipassana retreat. The place was situated on the top of a mountain overlooking the village. The perfect location. I booked it. In the meantime, I continued working. Freelance writing, mostly. I didn’t think much about the retreat until the day before ...

How to Build a Magical Fort in 2019

12/19/2018

An Alternative to Failed New Year’s Resolutions When I was eight (or maybe older…) I would invite my friends over and we’d spend a couple of hours creating an elaborate fort in my room. It was made of pillows, blankets and propped up by chairs. I remember feeling like it was the safest place in the ...

Books Every Crypto Enthusiast Should Read this Winter

12/18/2018

Topics are multidisciplinary and range from economics, trading, network theory, technology, futurism, finance, sociology and the history of money. Two things before we start:  I’m giving away all of these books for free. Anyone can enter the giveaway by sharing a Tweet or FB post.  These links are Amazon affiliate links, so I get a small cut if you ...

I Told my Boss “No”

12/05/2018

I put in my two weeks notice. Actually, it was a 3-months notice. I had been planning to quit for some time, so I felt it was the least I could do. I felt responsible to my team and didn’t want to step on any toes or burn any bridges or smash any pumpkins. The clock ...

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