Not long ago I was eating a meal at the table of a friend together with his newly married son and wife. Partway thru the meal I realized there was something different about the interaction at the table but couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.
Later, in thinking it over, I realized [...]
It is an interesting mental exercise to consider what you might do if you were stranded in a vast desert. Depending on the kind of person one is, I think there are three general responses:
Make an effort to find your way out but give up fairly early in the process with a “this is [...]
Most people thinking about making progress with skill building or knowledge acquisition probably expect to see a progressive arc of evolution that increasingly builds on previous knowledge or skills. I learn concept 1, then 2, then 3 etc. I am able to get to 3 because of the knowledge I gained in 2 which I [...]
It’s fairly important to develop an accurate awareness of the source from which another individual is interfacing with you. For example, if your colleague Bob says something to you, feeling that you are clear it was said from a mean-spirited place will trigger response A (say a response that allows you to defend yourself) whereas [...]
Among many of the other fantastic things I have learned from my wife of 15 years and four children is that complexity is the enemy of everything.
Let me explain.
I’ve noticed a phenomenon in my interpersonal dealings that I suspect might hold true for many others. I often make things complicated when it comes [...]
I’ve been messing around with Bikram Yoga recently. For those not familiar with it, it is a brand of yoga that is done at 105 degrees Farenheit and 40% humidity. The class is a set of 26 yoga postures, many of which are seriously challenging. Basically, it’s 90 minutes of sweating from places [...]
Over the course of my career, I’ve always walked away from interactions with ‘Understaters’ impressed . ‘Understaters’ are those people who make it a habit to understate rather than overstate a situation. They talk both calmly and with words that downplay. They use phrases like “we should keep a close eye on [...]
Not long ago my wife and I were discussing her frustration in trying to find time in her hectic schedule to exercise. I spent a bunch of time encouraging her to shuffle some things around to make sure she had time to exercise, but given all of the hectic pulls of raising small children while [...]
Science can discern a whole host of things from even the tiniest drop of blood. An individual’s entire DNA makeup, relative health, even the food or other materials they may have ingested can be derived from analysis of the tiniest drop of material.
Getting at this information, however, is not automatic. No matter how hard [...]
A few months ago I finally made the plunge and bought Amazon Prime–their $79/year for free two day shipping on all purchases service. I made the purchase after doing some quick back of the napkin calculations that showed I was making purchases frequently enough from Amazon to where I was spending more on shipping annually [...]
- About the Author
Nathan Safran is a former Analyst at Forrester Research where he covered the Digital Home. While at Forrester, Nathan authored research studies on trends, attitudes and behaviors of consumers toward technology adoption and use.
Nathan has been quoted as a subject matter expert in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Fortune magazine. Currently, Nathan heads the Research Department at Conductor, Inc an SEO Technology Platform firm.
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