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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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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 ...

What Japan Can Teach us about the Dignity of Work

What Japan Can Teach us about the Dignity of Work

12/17/2019

When a tourist comes to Japan for the first time, they’ll notice a peculiar sight. All across Japan, there seems to be an over-population of traffic guards doing seemingly pointless jobs. He or she is usually buckled up with a clean, blue worker’s outfit with neon safety straps, a helmet, and is proudly brandishing a glowing ...

A Recruiter's Advice to Undergrads Looking for their First Job: Don’t mistake the Trees for the Forest.

A Recruiter’s Advice to Undergrads Looking for their First Job: Don’t mistake the Trees for the Forest.

12/04/2019

When you’re looking for your first job, you have dreams of working in a company that you’re familiar with. A product you’ve used, a logo you can recognize, a place where your friends and family will immediately hear about and go OOOOOHH AHHH. “He’s a real go-getter, that one, working at XYX company that everybody knows.” If it’s ...

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