TOOLS FOR YOUR MENTAL TOOLBOX

Opposition directs your growth.

Being willing to face and work with obstacles is how you’ve grown personally and professionally. You did not accomplish whatever good you have by avoiding challenges. Getting to where you need to go will require that same alchemy of turning obstacles into opportunities.

My hope is that here you will find the mental models, tools, and ideas that can help you to do just that. Welcome!

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Hey, I'm Larry

I’m a Navy brat born in Hawaii and after living in 10 states I’m currently staying warm in Florida. I’ve spent a decade in hard skills working with technology brands and digital platform companies, maybe to the detriment of my soft skills. 

Recently I’ve become fascinated by systems theory and how we acquire knowledge through challenge. As a result, I’ve felt compelled to talk to thought leaders across a variety of fields, ask dumb questions, and record it.

Let’s connect and I’ll share what I’m learning.

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