How facing your own mortality can make you more productive

My Life in Weeks

This poster shows your life in weeks. It shows the past and — based on life expectancy — it shows the future. Each box is one week. At 32 years old, I’ve got a lot of full boxes.

Each row…

Personal change has two parts, but we only pay attention to one

Originally published on my personal blog as Why people fail at making big life changes.

Behavior vs Evaluation

Let’s say you want to change something about yourself. You want to lose some weight, get better at chess, or be less anxious…

Aspiring startup founder notes

From my notes on the Y-Combinator talk by Anu Hariharan

#LearnInPublic #LearnByWriting

🚨 tl;dr: SAAS company growth is best measured through MRR (monthly recurring revenue), ARR (annual recurring revenue), MRR churn (loss of MRR), and Paid CAC (customer acquisition cost).

☁️ What is SAAS?

As everyone Knows, SAAS is software-as-a-service…

Notes from an aspiring startup founder

From my notes on the Y-Combinator talk by Anu Hariharan

#LearnInPublic #LearnByWriting

🚨 tl;dr: An enterprise model for a startup means that your startup is primarily selling to big shiny enterprise customers. The most important metrics are Bookings, Total Customers, and Revenue. When distinguishing…

3 things to remember to get more personal value out of your writing

We’ve all seen those headlines:

“How I make $5,000 per month on Medium.”

“How I turned writing into a full-time job.”

“How to get rich on YouTube.”

I once even saw someone trying to get me to…

Aspiring Startup Founder Notes #LearnInPublic

I recently watched this talk by Eric Migicovsky at Y-Combinator on how to talk to users.

Here are my notes.

👾 Initial thoughts from Sean

  • Talking to users is an interesting topic because it seems like something that should happen at a later stage. I worked at a startup where…

Want to take all the sting out of people doing inconsiderate things? Here’s a mental trick that works explosively well.

Want to feel less frustrated by other people? All you have to do is apply the Diarrhea Rule.

Here’s how it works:

If someone does something careless, rude, or hurtful…

A short handbook from someone who is awful at making friends

When I originally wrote this, I had no intention of publishing it. Instead, my goal was to structure some of these important ideas as a guide for myself to get better at making friends.

But, thanks to the pandemic, many of us feel our social skills have become rusty, and…

A rule to use in your personal life and business

Think about a purchase that has improved your life in a significant way. For me, it’s my Boston Terrier pup Octavian. The experiences I’ve had with him have been truly life-changing.

Most things that you will spend money on in…

A simple step-by-step guide

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You’ve probably seen posts like this from Gary Vaynerchuk and other influencers.

Sean Knight

Data Scientist, Physicist, Stoic, Growth Hacker. I write for myself but share publicly. Here and on

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