• Jul 02 / 2018
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My Recent Brain-Healthy Diet and Self-Control

Poor nutrition is catastrophic for brain health. Sugar, food dyes and other artificial ingredients wreak havoc on attention and cognition – and not to mention your metabolism, contributing to diabetes and other problems (which in turn, mess up your brain as well).

Conversely, different dietary patterns are reported to lead to far better brain health, and are said to improve things like hyperactivity, attentional issues, brain fog, chronic pain and more. As such, I’ve revamped my regular diet a bit recently to help me toward the goal of a better brain.  Continue Reading

  • May 21 / 2018
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Intelligence Tests (and Other Brain Tests) and What They Taught Me

For me, one of the most significant epiphany moments in my brain improvement journey was when I got my intelligence tested.

For decades I knew I was smart – but some everyday tasks took me so long to do. It just didn’t make sense.

Intelligence testing made this much clearer. I found out I had a pretty high IQ, but as my doctor colorfully put it, I was “a f**king snail!” But equally importantly, it showed me where more of my strengths are – in verbal ability, for example, which helped change the course of my career. Continue Reading

  • May 17 / 2018
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Mind Over Matter: How I Overcame My Learning Disability to Build a Successful Tech Career

This is an article I wrote up in 2016 for the Startup Institute. I realized I never shared it directly with my readers, so shame on me! But others have found it inspiring, and I hope you will too.

It was around 2009 that I sat in the neuropsychologist’s office as he paged through the many-paged report that contained the answer to a question that had been burning in my mind for decades.

How smart am I, really? Continue Reading

  • May 12 / 2018
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The Three Foundations of A Better Brain: Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise

Here’s something everyone should internalize if you don’t know this already:

It doesn’t matter how many brain ‘hacks’ you try. It doesn’t matter how much information you consume on this topic, or how much time you spend listening to podcasts and reading blog posts. It doesn’t matter how much money you spend on biohacks, apps, and devices to help you focus, supplements, drugs, books, online courses.

If you want to improve your brain, none of this matters UNLESS you work on the three foundations of a healthy brain. Continue Reading

  • Oct 23 / 2017
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My “Brain Hacks and Upgrades” Presentation

Last summer I was super excited to give a talk at QCon New York, a fantastic international software conference. At QCon they give some great in-depth talks about everything tech related, ranging from web development to programming architecture, scaling, management and so on.

Last summer they were trying out something new, a presentation track on “optimization;” that is, personal improvement.

It was a huge success; an exit survey of participants showed it as the most popular track at the conference. Awesome!

I was proud to have given this talk, in which I discuss a number things about the brain including:

  • The difference between “real” and “perceived” ADHD;
  • The difference between a brain “hack” (compensation strategy) and an “upgrade” (way to change the brain). I’ve also talked about this distinction in this article.
  • The different types of distraction (visual, auditory, social, internal) and how to combat them
  • Actual brain improvement methodologies I’ve tried, including Integrated Listening Systems to Neurofeedback to Vipassana meditation and more (in the last 10 minutes of the talk – I was running behind!).

Overall it was a great experience. I hope you check out the video and slides below, and give me your feedback. Enjoy!


  • Jan 25 / 2017
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Why I Got My IQ Tested (And You Should Too)

My first experience getting diagnosed with a “brain thing” was similar to what most people experience. I went to a psychiatrist and told him I was having trouble focusing. He said, “You have ADHD,” and gave me some drugs.

Problem solved! Not really.

Medication can be a great initial solution to problems focusing and other brain-related challenges. It’s the most accessible solution for most. It can have significant, fast results. I recommend everyone try it first. But I also recommend starting to learn more about your own brain right away and looking for other long-term solutions. Get your brain tested, and I guarantee you it will be the first step of a very interesting journey.
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  • May 23 / 2016
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Presenting at QCon New York, This June 2016!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at QCon New York, a pretty kickass software conference this June.

The title of the talk I’ll be giving is ADHD & Technology: Brain Hacks and Upgrades. It will share some content from a blog post I wrote recently with a similar name, and a whole lot more. I’ll talk about some brain development methods I’ve tried, including some I haven’t written about yet. And I’ll mention some phenomenal results I’ve had with them lately.

Below is a snippet of what I’ll be talking about. Check out the event page as well (make sure you scroll down). Continue Reading

  • Dec 14 / 2015
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Changing Your Brain is Tough (But Possible)

If you just got diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities or something similar, it’s a bit of a heavy cross to bear at first. You know you’re different; but you feel like you’re “less” than other people, which is not only bad but it’s completely false.

For me getting my first diagnosis was actually a weight off my chest initially. I had thought I was stupid for most of my life. When I found out I had a real condition, I felt smarter and more confident immediately. I had struggled and made my way pretty far in life with a serious handicap others didn’t have. I was beating the odds. Hell yeah! Continue Reading