Category Archives: Essays

Lessons at 30

As I reflect back on my first 30 years, I wanted gather some quick sound bites on things that have proven valuable to me.

Incomplete and imperfect, but hopefully some of these spark something in you too.

Challenging * Mattering = Meaningful

This essay helped me discover a deeper connection between challenge and meaning than I previously appreciated. This seems obvious in hindsight, but it wasn’t before, and I think that’s the key to an interesting essay.

Distilled, the “meaningful” results from the combination of something challenging (PIPER in something that interests you) with something that matters (creating; doing something difficult that others find even more difficult than).

When these circumstances come together and form something meaningful, it’s like blending tin and copper. The result is bronze, an alloy so much harder than would be expected that it appears a different metal.

My Learning Process

I’ve gotten a lot of questions on my learning process and this essay briefly shares some big picture strategies and concrete tactics that I’ve found helpful. This is by no means the “right” way, simply what has seemed to work for me so far.

The Infinite Game

I wrote an essay I wish I had been given when I graduated from college, retired from tennis, and began the transition from student-athlete to the “real world.”

Through this essay, I hope to provide some awareness and tools, namely around self-reflection and self-awareness, how to think about how to spend your time, what to look for in a job, and the importance of coaches and mentors.

While written through the lens of a student-athlete, hopefully some of these principles and tools apply to a broader audience.

What that, let’s jump into this rabbit hole…

The Opportunity Paradox

The Opportunity Paradox


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Meditations on Meditation

V > Λ: The Inverted Hierarchy



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The Industrialists

The Industrialists

The Best Product? A Great Team

The Best Product? A Great Team

Costanza’s Law of Contrast

Costanza’s Law of Contrast