I wrote a lot this year (nearly 360 blog posts, if I’m not mistaken). I’ve created both mediocre posts and great posts on everything from startups and books to food and music. So in the interest of my own personal review – and your reading pleasure – here are ten of my favorite posts from 2018:
1. PSYCHOLOGY GOES TOE-TO-TOE WITH TOTALITARIANISM IN CARL JUNG’S “THE UNDISCOVERED SELF”– The first is my review of Carl Jung’s long-form essay “The Undiscovered Self.” I loved this piece for its many quotable and insightful observations on the connection between the science of psychology, the tradition of Christian (and non-Christian) spirituality, and the political upheavals of the 20th century.
2. WORK LIKE YOU’RE ALREADY FIRED – This is a meditation on how entrepreneurial employees can transform a fear (being fired) into a strength. It’s something of a Stoic approach to work.
3. DO THE THING YOU’LL REMEMBER BEST: A RULE FOR LIFE CHOICES: A new life rule I’ve picked up (or at least articulated) this year: when you have the option, live memorably. This rule (running in the background) is what got me on a couple of karaoke stages this year.
4. DON’T BE AFRAID OF FAILING. BE AFRAID OF FAILING YOUR COWORKERS: I’ve meditated a lot on workplace failures this year. This one put in perspective the importance of both making improvement and taking losses – and thinking in both about the good of a company’s mission.
5. THE WORKPLACE AS A TESTING GROUND FOR MORAL DECISION-MAKING – An important idea that I’ve been living with for years, so I’m glad I finally got it across in writing. Work is a crucible for character – give it its proper due of attention and meaning.
6. IF YOU LIKE SOMEONE, DON’T MAKE EXCUSES FOR THEM – An important lesson I learned this year: while you are responsible for *everything*, that doesn’t mean that you should deny others their responsibility also.
7. THE TWO-PART JOURNEY OF SUCCEEDING AS A STARTUP EMPLOYEE – In 2018 my company grew a lot and my role changed with it. This post is a reflection on some of what it takes to succeed in a scaling organization.
8. DON’T LET YOUR WEIRD RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING GO TO WASTE – This post is my meditation on the value of being brought up in a strict faith system that I no longer follow. There are still pockets of unique goodness I want to hold onto:
9. HOW PEOPLE BECOME EXPERTS – I loved this post. It came about from a conversation with a coworker who, in sharing how he became the “computer kid” at his school, perfectly summarized my own experience with the path to expertise.
10. BE GOOD ENOUGH TO PARTICIPATE: A THEORY OF GENERALISM – I’m addicted to learning new skills, and I embrace being a “jack of all trades.” This post explains why I find value in dipping my toes into so many areas without becoming a master in most of them.