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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Op/Ed Fridays: military leadership and conscientious objection

posted by Joshua on May 30, 2014 in Education, Leadership

I read this commencement speech on leadership given by a military man at the University of Texas at Austin. As much as I found the speech inspiring, I couldn’t help but think the following and post it at Hacker News. Here is the full discussion there on the speech, which, as you’ll see, contained some[…] Keep reading →

Visualizing reactivity and freedom, part 2: how to improve

posted by Joshua on May 28, 2014 in Awareness, Creativity, Freedom, Nature, Tips

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, None but our self can free our mind. — Bob Marley, Redemption Song Context How do you move from living reactively, like in this graph, where you can’t help but react to any intense motivation: To living aware and non-reactively like this, where you are aware of many motivations but[…] Keep reading →

Visualizing reactivity and freedom, part 1

posted by Joshua on May 27, 2014 in Creativity, Freedom, Models, Nature, Visualization

Think of a time you reacted blindly. Did it go well? How do you feel about leaders who react without thinking or intuition? You don’t want to react blindly—the opposite of leadership, since it means you’re reacting to someone else, or unpredictable events in your environment, which I call blowing in the breeze. Most people[…] Keep reading →

A student’s testimonial

posted by Joshua on May 25, 2014 in Education, Entrepreneurship

NYU-Poly collects student evaluations of courses and Professors. One of my students liked the class so much she sent me her evaluation to post independently and publicly. I feel honored and flattered. Professor Spodek’s dynamic personality captured my attention from the start of  the first class in January 2014. I have an entrepreneurial mind and[…] Keep reading →