How to Get Straight A’s Without Trying (Too Hard)

This book, How to Be a Straight A Student by Cal Newport, changed my life. In high school, I succeeded in my classes not by employing the most efficient study strategies but rather those which were brute force. Because of the upfront time costs, I didn’t really think about applying myself to learning more about …

Monthly Report: May 2021

An Aside As you can see, I failed at pursuing multiple goals. This month, I learned that it’s not possible to try to make progress on multiple, disparate goals, if you don’t have some sort of keystone habit to pull them all into place and you have bad ways of prioritizing them. I think that …

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

Rating 8/10 (Buy it on Amazon) Short Summary The weather forecast that we pull up on our phones is far from simple. It takes a myriad of satellites, observations, and computing power to handle. How we got here, is an interesting story of people trying to predict where battleships would strike, how the weather would …

Monthly Report: April 2021

Sleep This month, my sleep wasn’t optimal. I was sleeping fine before my boards which were in the middle of the month, and then I let myself slack off and then not track the rest of my sleeping. As I got to the later half of the month, I let myself go and slept more …

Mr. Beast’s Advice for YouTube

This advice is from a podcast which I listened to with MKBHD and Mr. Beast about “making it” on YouTube. To win at YouTube, you must make content that other people watch. This can be measured through the click-through rate and the average view duration. To optimize the click-through rate (CTR), you should make multiple …

Balancing Work and Life

These are some of my notes from a podcast which I listened to from Peter Attia and Jason Fried, the founder of Basecamp. It’s been embroiled in some controversy in recent times, but I thought that the take-aways still applied to my life, and so I thought I would share. Children do dumb things when …

How To Make Better Decisions

A podcast that I was listening to this week talked about Jeff Bezos’s algorithm for decision-making. If you’ve ever heard of decision fatigue and analysis paralysis, it’s exactly the type of uncertainty I face whenever I sit down to write or make YouTube videos. One good example of this is my podcast, Common Sense Medicine. …

“This is Water” by David Foster Wallace Summary

Recently, I had the pleasure of re-watching a speech which many had said changed their outlook on life. It seems that I was the center of my own life for far too long. I wanted to summarize some of my take-aways from this speech. The most obvious realities are hardest to talk about. An education …

Starting a Company in Medical School

Intro Starting a company can be tough. I always wonder who’s crazy enough to start their own company in medical school, because going to medical school by itself is pretty daunting. I recently watched a panel which was hosted by MD++, and thought it would be interesting to write up some of the things that …