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Return of the GIF

Apr 2, 2020
GIFs were invented as a solution to slow internet connections. As network speeds ramped up, they lost popularity among the masses. Yet, today, they are more popular than ever. Why did GIFs make a comeback? Read More →

Principles: 2020

Mar 29, 2020
I just left my full-time job, and will be spending the majority of my time on creative projects. In this post, I share the five key principles that motivated my decision, and why I'm doubling down on them. Read More →

Overcoming Negativity

Feb 9, 2020
When a negative thought penetrates our mind, it can linger for days, weeks or more. Why does negativity hold so much power? How can we overcome it? Read More →

Favorite Books of 2019

Dec 29, 2019
It’s that time of year again! I always enjoy the process of reflecting on the books I've read over the year. It's a great way to do a gut check on whether the time I’m spending reading books is yielding the right results (whether that comes in the form of learning or joy). This year, I decided to expand beyond my usual five and include a selection of both fiction and non-fiction reads. Read More →

Altering Your Reality

Dec 18, 2019
So many hours of our lives are wasted worrying about what other people think. Even with the power of meditation, I still got caught in these worry cycles. I finally found an answer in a book: The Courage To Be Disliked. Read More →

American Traffic Crisis: The Cost of Cars

Dec 4, 2019
What do guns and cars have in common? They're both privileges that are available to each and every American who can afford one. They’re also tools of murder. Every year, for the past three years, more than 40,000 Americans died in traffic fatalities. Read More →

The Mountain of Transition

Nov 12, 2019
I’ve worn a lot of different hats over the years — engineer, manager, teacher, founder, coach, and others in between. I’m often asked why I don’t just settle into a role and stick with it. It’s a good question. Switching roles can be overwhelming, challenging, and even depressing at times. Still, it is a practice I can’t recommend highly enough. Read More →


Sep 26, 2019
As I write this, I’m on a plane flying over the Pacific Ocean, contemplating the trip I just had. I’ve always wanted to visit Japan (Tokyo in particular), and it finally came to fruition this past week. The last time I wrote about my travels was after spending several months teaching in South Africa. While this was a much shorter trip (one week, to be precise), I feel just compelled to share my thoughts after this one. Read More →

Favorite Books of 2018

Jan 21, 2019
Finally had some time to sit down and reflect on some of my favorite books of 2018. It was a great year for me in terms of personal exploration, as I was able to take a bunch of time off from work. This gave me a chance to explore many different areas (meditation, sketching & illustration, cooking, diet to name a few), and often I would read books to guide my path. Read More →

Staying Technically Sharp

Jun 13, 2018
Your past as an individual contributor helps you tremendously as an engineering leader. It's crucial to understand why, so that you can do what's necessary to maintain your technical edge. Ultimately, your technical skills are a critical part of your engineering leadership effectiveness. Read More →
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