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De-Numb Your Mind

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online I was reading Ryan Holiday’s Stillness Is the Key and stumbled on this quote from the Greek philosopher Epictetus: “Most of us would be seized with fear if our bodies went numb, and would do everything possible to avoid it, yet we take no interest at all in the numbing of our […]

Rebuilding Good Habits after Lockdown

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online I loved spending the last two months at home. What made this time special was that I got to spend it with my whole family. In 2019 my son Jonah graduated from high school and went to Israel for a gap year. While in Israel he took classes at American Jewish University, […]

The Jet Lag Series: How do I work? When do I find time to write?

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online I wrote the following in early February after my trip to Europe (as part of my Jet Lag Series), which started in Switzerland and concluded in Northern Italy (Venice to be exact). How do I work? When do I find time to write? I get asked this question a lot. People wonder when […]

The Jet Lag Series: There is no “I” in Hannah (But There are Two in “Vitaliy”)

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online February 2020 I have to tell you, I am shocked by the maturity of my 14-year-old daughter, Hannah (and the immaturity of her father). Last summer Hannah started playing volleyball. She really fell in love with the game. She went to volleyball camp and joined a volleyball league in September. At first, […]

The Jet Lag Series: Art or Craft

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online I wrote the following in early February after my trip to Europe (as part of my Jet Lag Series), which started in Switzerland and concluded in Northern Italy (Venice to be exact). You can read Part 1 here & Part 2 here. While in Venice we took a water taxi to Murano, […]

Set Your Egg Timer to 6 Months

I wrote the following in early February after my trip to Europe (as part of my Jet Lag Series), which started in Switzerland and concluded in Northern Italy (Venice to be exact). Yes, the part of Italy that today is devastated by coronavirus. We missed the virus by only two weeks. In that short amount […]

The Jet Lag Series: Inhaling Europe

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online February  2020 I am back from our trip to Switzerland and Italy. This trip was extra special for me, because my brother Alex and I were joined by my son Jonah. Alex and I were attending the VALUEx Klosters conference, organized by my friend Guy Spier. A day after the conference Alex […]

Daily Journal

I have decided I am going to start keeping a journal. I listened to Tim Ferris’s interview with Penn Jillette, and I was really impressed with Penn’s journaling. He started keeping a journal when he was 30, and at the time he felt that it was already too late. He has kept the journal for […]

Cultural Calendar

I also listened to Tim Ferris’s interview with Neil Degrasse Tyson. There are a few insights that I got from this interview. First, his parents made an effort to take him every week to interesting places – museums, planetarium, baseball games, concerts. My kids are unlikely to have me take them to baseball games, but […]

The 8%

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online This letter will not discuss the stock market or the economy; instead I’m going to write about some very random topics that are relevant to me this morning. I promise to switch to regular programming next week. VALUEx Klosters / Zurich – Milan – Verona – Venice In late January my brother […]