Joshua earned a PhD in Astrophysics & an MBA, both at Columbia University, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. He teaches & coaches leadership at Columbia, NYU. He writes from experience & a scientist’s perspective on creating success professionally & personally – leadership, entrepreneurship, emotions, social skills, influence, decision-making, negotiation, conflict resolution.
I turn down foods with added sugar, refined oil, and alcohol than ever. People seem to assume there’s some morality behind it. While I avoid packaging, there’s a more visceral motivation behind them. It’s about laziness, as I’ll explain. Various changes to my diet have led to losing unwanted body fat. When I started these changes, a few years ago, in my 40s, I got definition on my abs that[…] Keep reading →
My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Should a Nonprofit Splurge on Management?”. I work at a nonprofit that advocates for consumer rights and financial literacy, a mission I have been proud to serve. We recently suffered a financial crisis of our own. Due to changing federal policies, among other factors, we lost a chunk[…] Keep reading →
I forgot to mention one of my most memorable experiences on my recent Houston visit: shooting guns. I’d never shot a handgun and had only shot a low-caliber rifle in North Korea. I learned a lot, as I’ll describe below. From my train arriving in Houston, I caught a bus to an environmental research place. Before continuing with the story, I have to mention that most people I told I[…] Keep reading →
Walking back from a farmers market with some fresh Brussels sprouts, I can’t believe how indulgent my life is. I meant just to drop off my compost, but they looked so delicious, I couldn’t resist. People call me disciplined, but amid my indulgence, relative to Americans, I’m not. When it comes to voluntary choices to live by one’s passions. Americans across the board sacrifice more and devote more resources to[…] Keep reading →
Two weeks ago was International Men’s Day, November 19. Here’s an infographic from Cassie Jaye the director of The Red Pill documentary, and her team. I profiled her in Inc, I think it speaks for itself.
Dave Asprey, Author: Changing the Game in Leadership and Life I saw Dave Asprey speak at a downtown Manhattan coworking space. You may think of Dave as the Bulletproof Coffee or bio-hacking man, but I was there for a different reason. I’d read his new book Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life. It’s a different turn for him. The book compiles leadership and life[…] Keep reading →
The latest crazy talk people have hit me with is describing not flying and avoiding garbage as “unsustainable” and “impossible.” Many say I’m wasting my time. As best I can tell, they’re excusing themselves for living against their values, but it’s let me to see my behavior in new ways. Call me crazy, but I believe polluting less is the future, no matter how impossible it seems for people who[…] Keep reading →
I saw some Japanese people on an Amtrak train. I wondered what it must feel like to ride decrepit trains running slowly, stopping often, late by hours, and creaking when they’re used to fast trains, where 1 minute late is significant. I got to thinking how to modernize Amtrak if we wanted. A technological change won’t do it. You can’t just bring their fast trains over and run them at[…] Keep reading →
My series answering the New York Times’ Ethicist column with an active, leadership approach instead of an analytical, philosophical perspective continues with “Do I Tell My Father That My Brother Might Not Be His Son?”. I am the executor of my father’s will. He is 82 years old and frail, and lately I have been troubled by a question. My brother may not be his child, and my mother and[…] Keep reading →
I’m on the train from Atlanta home to New York. I left October 29 and visited Chicago, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego, and New Orleans too. The impetus came from attending the Summit in L.A. I found reasons to visit places along the way. Here are 28 highlights an lowlights from the trip. 1. I traveled intercity only by train and bus since I’m not flying. 2. At the Summit[…] Keep reading →