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Often lost in thought, or lost in the woods. Sometimes both.

What am I doing with my life?

What the $#!% am I doing with my life?

Admit it, you’ve asked yourself this question before. “What the $#!% am I doing with my life?” Or you’ve asked someone else this question in the past. It’s the eternal struggle in our lives, thinking we have to have it all figured out all the time. The reality, however, is quite the opposite. Aside from…
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PhD not required

Education is the greatest provider of opportunity, and we need to stop using it as a filter. There’s nothing inherently impressive about spending 60–100 hours/week working for over half a decade for almost no pay. In fact, if you think about it out of context, it’s outright crazy to do that — but that’s usually…
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I should have been an English major

Writing is the most important skill you can develop. When we write, we share, and when we share we can get things done. It makes all the difference.

5 myths about networking

Networking quid pro quo, and why everything you know about it is wrong

Networking is the art of building a network of friends and colleagues to enrich your life and theirs. If all you do is take, then you’ll fail.

Millennials step up

Millennials, it’s time to stop throwing rocks at the castle and join the fight

When I was working in Silicon Valley, I lived the quintessential startup life. All our meals were catered, we played ping pong on our breaks, and we worked fast and hard to build a company. We were changing the world. Fast forward to today, and I just finished working at the Pentagon — and let me tell…
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Titus Talks with Alexander Titus

I’m starting a weekly newsletter – welcome to Titus Talks

Colleagues, friends, and family, I’m starting a newsletter to bring together thoughts and ideas around a couple of areas that are hot topics in the world right now. These topics may not seem to be related, but they definitely are.  My newsletter is called Titus Talks, and I’d like to share news, insights, thoughts, ideas, and…
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There's no such thing as failure - just a series of "not-yet" successes

A great mentor once told me that I should stop believing in failure

It’s easy to fall into the habit of feeling like everything we do is a little bit of a failure. Sometimes we want to make a little more money, or run a little bit faster, or sing a little bit better. Every time we try, we’re setting ourselves up for failure, and that’s scary and…
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Millennials - Photo by Julián Gentilezza on Unsplash

I wrote an article about millennials and it set off the internet trolls

Our modern political climate is a hell of a thing. It seems that no matter what you say or do, someone accuses you of being on the “other side” of the political spectrum. I recently wrote an op-ed in The Hill about how we need more Millenials in public service, and how too often I…
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College studying

College only teaches you one thing — how to learn anything in a long weekend

I was sitting in a seminar for admitted students, nervously waiting for the classroom to quiet down so I could listen to the professor start his lecture. As a high school senior, sitting in a college classroom for the first time was both exhilarating and intimidating at the same time. Then the professor walked in:…
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OKR lessons from first-graders

What First-Graders Can Teach Us About Focus in Business and Life

I’m in the middle of reading “Measure What Matters”, the book that widely popularized the concept of Objectives and Key Results (OKR), by John Doerr. In the book, John explains how a deliberate focus on what you’re doing (objectives) and how you’re doing it (key results) is the key to success. In the middle of reading, I remembered a wonderful gift my sister gave my wife for Christmas the year before she started grad school – it was a “detailed” book of OKR advice on how to do well in school, written by 18 first graders.


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