My 12 Favorite Problems

March 10, 2021

Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner,  and overall G Richard Feynman had a concrete methodology on how to become a genius:

“You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while there will be a hit, and people will say, ‘How did he do it? He must be a genius!” - Richard Feynman

I quite like this idea. It is a good thing to post in public because it gives an understanding of who I am and what problems I'm trying to solve, both in personal and professional life.  I review this list periodically and, as Feynman predicted, every once in a while there is a breakthrough.


As of March of 2021, here are the 12 problems I'm most interested by:

1) What does it look like to love my life right now while simultaneously wanting to make it better?

2) If you were to start from scratch, what would it look like to build a town in 2021?

3) How can I become as strong and explosive as I can while never getting injured again?

4) How to build & launch brick and mortar stores that don't need me after the first year?

5) What role should comedy/acting/improv play in my life and what does it look like to start prioritizing that?

6) What does it look like to maintain strong existing relationships while still having time to deeply invest with the people who are currently in my life?

7) What does it look like to help people see themselves the way Jesus sees them?

8) How to collaboratively work on projects that don't need to make money but are awesome for the world?

9) What does it look like to be a master of hospitality?

10) How is being loving different than being nice and how does 'niceness' get in the way of truly loving people?

11) What does setting deep roots look like in 2021?

12) Where in my life to chameleon (as a verb) and where to stand firm?