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Why I Wrote the Book

In the interest of transparency, and because I think it’s important to be honest about these kinds of things:

Depression is a bitch. Life is hard. You never know what’s going on in other people’s lives.

You are not alone.

Are things really easier for other people?

A huge theme in my book is how easy it is for people to give up prematurely. Not even trying something, or giving up, is probably the easiest thing in the world to do. When we get an idea of how much or what we have to accomplish to get to where we want to go, the things that stick out are what’s hard for us. The fact that bad information is stronger that good information makes sense from a survival standpoint – one mistake and we’re out of the gene pool – but focusing on this is a

In the wild

A friend just emailed to say that he received a copy of my book in the mail! Which means: other people who are neither me nor my family can see it!

My book has officially been published! Click here if you want to read the Cliff Notes version of its journey on Facebook.

So far, it’s been called “charming” by someone who is not my mother. I am so happy. I’m also happy that over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting things that were left on the cutting room floor. Yes, there’s more luck ahead!

The Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang Principle of Science Writing

One of the reasons I took so long to finish my book was that, in reverse-engineering books I considered to be “good,” I kept coming across a very annoying, common feature that is best encapsulated in the lyrics of Dr. Dre’s seminal 1992 classic, “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang,” featuring Snoop Dogg:

It’s like this and like that and like this. In books, it usually emerges as: “Often, the brain/intuition/motivation/that guy/hiring appears to work like [this]. Except, of course, when it functions like [that].”

The most prominent example of the “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang Principle” in pop science writing

Ready to get lucky?

Joan Didion

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.

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