Why Old Ideas Are a Secret Weapon

A series of explosions shook the city of St. Louis on March 16, 1972. The first building fell to the ground at 3 p.m. that afternoon. In the months that followed, more than 30 buildings would be turned to rubble. The buildings that were destroyed were part of the now infamous housing project known as… [click to continue reading]

The 2015 Tiny Gains Challenge

For the next 20 weeks, I’m going to lead the charge on The Tiny Gains Challenge. Along the way, you’ll learn how to build better health habits, avoid injury, and get leaner and stronger in the easiest way possible. Let me explain how this is going to work and, more importantly, why this will work. [click to continue reading]

First Principles: Elon Musk and Bill Thurston on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

Bill Thurston was a pioneer in the field of mathematics. He was particularly known for his contributions to low-dimensional topology, 3-manifolds, and foliation theory—concepts that sound foreign to number-challenged mortals like you and me. In 1982, Thurston was awarded the Fields Medal, which is often considered the highest honor a mathematician can receive. One reason… [click to continue reading]

The Chemistry of Building Better Habits

There is a concept in chemistry known as activation energy. Here’s how it works: Activation energy is the minimum amount of energy that must be available for a chemical reaction to occur. Let’s say you are holding a match and that you gently touch it to the striking strip on the side of the match… [click to continue reading]