Zen News: My Weekend Project

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Just wanted to write a quick post to point out a project I worked on this weekend. I’m calling it Zen News.

Have you ever noticed how much time you spend each day reading the news? It is probably more than you think, because news sites are designed to suck you in and click around as much as possible. This kills productivity.

Also, most news isn’t very important anyway. Think back to the previous week. How many news stories did you read that you can actually recall now? It is likely only one or two stories that actually were somewhat important and stayed in the headlines for days at a time. The rest have already been forgotten.

Zen News gets the top stories, summarizes them, and displays them in a clean, organized fashion, without any distractions. It lets you skim the news, then get back to more important things.

Go check it out

The war on “war”

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Have you ever noticed how we like to declare war on everything? Whenever we have a problem, we declare war on the source of that problem. For example, here are a few “wars” that have been mentioned in the media:

  • The war on terror
  • The war on crime
  • The war on drugs
  • The war on poverty
  • The war on AIDS
  • The war on cancer
  • The war on women
  • The war on men
  • The war on science
  • The war on kids
  • The war on gangs
  • The war on Christmas

All of this “war” is detrimental to cooperation. With politics already being so divisive, the last thing we need to be doing is turning every disagreement into a “war”.

Unfortunately, politics is usually the reason why we declare so many wars. Because of the fact that war forces everyone to take a side, politicians can often further their agenda by declaring war on a seemingly unrelated foe, or by claiming that the other party has declared war on their beliefs.

Do you want to increase funding for police? Easy, just declare war on gangs. Do you have some social programs that need to get through Congress? Just declare war on poverty. Do you feel victimized because your religion has to be separate from government? Then claim that there is a war on Christmas.

At best, the overuse of the word “war” is not constructive. At worst, it only further divides an already fractured country into even more disparate groups. I propose a war on the word “war”. Let’s stop using it to describe every problem, and maybe actually make progress toward a solution. Let’s make this the war to end all “wars”.

The need for entrepreneurship in schools, explained in science terms

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I’ve always been a big fan of the idea that we should be teaching entrepreneurship in our schools. To understand why that is important, I like to think about it in terms of ecology.

Put simply, jobs are a resource. People who look for jobs are consumers, those who create jobs are producers. Our education system is producing far too many consumers by teaching kids to go to college and get a good job, while there aren’t enough producers to keep up by creating new jobs.

Instead, we should be teaching kids in a way that leads them to become producers. We need to teach them to find an income, rather than find a job. We need to to teach entrepreneurship in schools. That’s how you bring jobs and innovation back to this country.

FyreDo Introduces Public Goals

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It has been a busy morning. Today, I introduced a new feature on FyreDo, my goal planning and tracking tool. The new feature allows people to make their goals public, which empowers people to work together and help each other toward their goals.

One of the most powerful lessons I have learned in life is to ask for help when you need it. If you want to achieve massive success, you need to get help from people who have already achieved the goal you want, or at least people who are working on that goal at the same time. FyreDo now makes that easy to do.

I’m excited to roll out this feature. I put a lot of thought into the best way to organize public goals and discussions, and a lot of work has gone into it. For more info, check out the blog post on the FyreDo Blog.