Books That Can Change Your Life: Learned Optimism
As someone dedicated to improving his brain as a lifelong goal (and also as a nerd at heart), I am someone who reads a lot. Kindle books, audiobooks, tons of blog posts and online articles. Much of what I read is related to learning, technology,…
It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work – Book Review for ADHD Programmers
I just finished the audio version of the new book, It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work, written by the founders of Basecamp, a project management software company. The book intends to encourage businesses to think differently about work in a way that’s far less…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Brain Hacks vs. Brain Upgrades (Compensation vs. Correction)
As you may already know, I’ve invested a lot of time, money and energy trying to overcome the challenges associated with my brain’s learning deficits. I’ve found that the various methods out there fall into two categories: things that change the brain, and things that…
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….
Programmers with ADHD – 10 Productivity Tips
I’ve met a fair amount of programmers with ADHD over the years. A lot of them were fairly successful in their chosen career, but they all had some combination of the same issues all people with attention deficits face – distractibility, trouble focusing, disorganization and so on….
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