Archive for February 2017

Video games, time, and the labor market

Video games are a fun way to spend the time. I spent many a happy hour as a kid trying to beat Super Mario Brothers, the game that came with the Nintendo console (I finally succeeded, rescuing the princess. Go me.) They are also a very addictive way to spend time, keeping the player in a boosted psychological state where he/she is stimulated, getting constant fee… read more »

Nostalgia and forward motion

This weekend featured an interesting mix of memories and signs the kids are growing up. It started on Friday, when I drove to Princeton University for a meeting (I serve on the board of an undergraduate journalism organization). Parking my car felt strange; I never drove while I was a student there. But once I walked out from the garage it was such a nice night it… read more »

The 5 languages of money

My friend Amanda Steinberg, founder of DailyWorth, has a new book out this month called Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms. In years of selling ads to the Vanguards and Fidelitys of the world, she would often have a conversation where the financial firm would complain that their ads -- that worked on CNBC! -- weren't working with DailyWorth's younger… read more »

What to do when your colleagues do not care about their personal lives

I spoke to the Wharton Women in Business group yesterday. These ambitious women at one of the country's top business schools are always fun to meet with, and this year I decided to do my talk a little differently. Instead of giving my usual speech on time management tactics, I had four women track their time for a week. I talked with each by phone beforehand, and t… read more »

Getting the circus metaphor right

Just because something has been around for a long time does not mean it will last forever. The Ringling Brothers circus has been going for something like 130 years. This year is its last. Modern audiences want different kinds of entertainment and shows involving live animals will always have high capital requirements (to say nothing of the ethics). All that… read more »