My name is Stewie aka Nicholas Stewart. I am the father of two amazing children and I’ve been married to an incredible woman for the last 15 years. By trade, I am a software developer and have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been plagued by a few questions: What’s the most effective way to live in harmony with other people? What is the right way to live? What does it mean to be a good human?
I’ve analyzed people, their interactions, and how they go about achieving their goals. I’ve read dozens of books about interpersonal communication, relationships, and achievement. I worked for many different companies and spent time reflecting on things that went well and things that went wrong. And just as importantly, I’ve reflected on the parts I played. I’ve studied Buddhism and Taoism and have a peripheral knowledge of a dozen other world religions. I’ve explored how they solve human problems.
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I think I have a few ideas. Within these blog posts are the things that I wish someone had sat me down and told me when I became an adult. Or maybe people did but I was too stubborn to listen. Hopefully, you’ll get something out it.
Random things about me
Myers–Briggs Type Indicator: INTJ
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw
Questions & Answers
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to pass on to the next generation, what would it be?
A: 2 things: 1) You need other people, so take care of your relationships. 2) It takes 1,000 hours to become competent in a skill, so pick something and stick with it.
Q: How do you deal with doubt in your work?
A: I focus on the long term goal and accept that it takes 1,000 hours to become competent in a skill. So what I produce today will be subpar because I haven’t reached my 1,000 hours. But I’m inching closer.
Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being your height
A: I’m short for a man, like really short. But if I’m ever in a Jason Bourne situation, where I need to disappear in a crowd of people, I’m golden.
Q: How often do you read your horoscope? Do you believe there’s any truth to it?
A: Never, really. There’s enough truth-sounding info in them that nearly anyone can find a way to apply them to their life.
Songs I like
- Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places
- U2 - Bad, With or without you
- Sarah McLachlan - Building A Mystery
- Don Henley - End of the Innocence
- Shakira - Toneladas, Ciega Sordomuda
- Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul
- Blues Traveler - Hook
- The Lumineers - Falling, Hey ho
- Sara Bareilles - King of Anything
- Phil Collins - Everyday
- Bruce Hornsby - Mandolin Rain, The way it is, The Valley Road
- Lorde - Royals
- Awolnation - Sail
- Alphaville - Forever Young
- Good Charlotte - Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
- Modest Mouse - Missed The Boat
- Elefante - Gordito Tracks
- Buena Vista Social Club - El Cuarto de Tula
- Peter Cetera - One Good Woman, Glory of Love, Even A Fool Can See
- Paula Cole - Where have all the cowboys gone.
- The Cranberries - Dreams, Linger
- Eagles: Hotel California
- John Mellencamp - Cherry Bomb
- Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
- CCR - Bad Moon Rising, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Down on the Corner
- Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack, Georgia On My Mind
- Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay
- Fleetwood Mac - Dreams, Landslide
- Beatles - Here comes the Sun, Nowhere man, Penny Lane
- Stevie Wonder - Isn’t She Lovely
- Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In the Dark
- Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive
- Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
- Guns N’ Roses - November Rain
- Rod Stewart - Rhythm Of My Heart
- Berlin - Take My Breathe Away
- Aerosmith - Dream On
- Santana - Smooth ft. Rob Thomas, The Game Of Love ft. Michelle Branch, Into The Night ft. Chad Kroeger
- Sting - Fields of gold
- Sade - Smooth Operator
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