April 22, 2018

Recently I signed up for a pair of Coursera courses in topics in which I have little background, electrical engineering and robotics.  When I shared this with my wife, she didn't so much as bat an eye as it has become commonplace for me to go off on educational tangents every few months.  Through chatting with her I realized that not only do I never seem to stop learning, but that I'm a bit odd for doing so.  There is something that I find very pleasant in exploring new topics of interest and gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for the world around me.  I thought I'd take a bit of a respite from my normal types of blogs and share some of my tips and insights for continued self-learning for those with an insatiably inquisitive mindset

Benefits & General Thoughts

There is a great deal of research that points towards continued learning and education as being beneficial to your health.  Continued education has been shown to stave off Alzheimer's disease, depression...

March 14, 2018

While sipping my morning coffee I learned that Stephen Hawking passed away last night at the age of 76.  This news has hit me surprisingly hard.  It is not as if I knew Stephen Hawking personally or had any special connection with him.  He was someone I found inspirational, who overcame adversity, and shared his love of physics and space in a way that was infectious.  When I first read A Brief History of Time in high school it inspired me to be more inquisitive and to ask the big difficult questions about this universe and my place in it.  The answers I came up with during my adolescence have driven me to be a better person, to explore the world and live abroad, and to pursue a life of meaning.  In essence, Stephen Hawking’s influence on my life has made me a better person and as such I have put him on a pedestal.

I know that no one is perfect, and I’m sure in the coming weeks the more cynical amongst us will be quick to point out his flaws.  I like to believe h...

October 20, 2016

When I look down at my left hand while typing I can still see the scar on my pointer finger from when I was 8 years old and made a mistake while whittling.   Oddly I’ve become fond of the scar.  Not only does it represent a memory from my childhood, during a particularly happy time, but it is also a constant reminder to try something new. 

As we grow older we tend to become more risk adverse.  Stop and think about it for a moment.  When you were 8 years old every tree was a climbing challenge, every hill waited to be conquered.  If you fell and scraped a knee or got a cut you’d get some extra attention from a parent, probably something sweet, and move on to the next adventure.  Somewhere along the timeline from childhood naiveté to hyper responsible adulthood we lose that sense of adventure and risk.

Don’t get me wrong we still take risks, driving in rush-hour traffic is a greater risk than any tree we ascended as a child, however that sense of adventure and...

August 5, 2016

Recently I’ve found that my perspective has changed.  Perhaps it is summer (finally) arriving here in the UK or maybe it is getting admitted into a great grad school for my MBA, whatever the cause I’m finding that I feel more optimistic than I have in a long time.  I’m also finding that in conjunction with this wave of optimism I’m identifying opportunities and coming up with new ideas where recently I have struggled.

This recent change has gotten me thinking about the impact that stretching our focus has on our creativity and problem solving.  Prior to this week I have had a very full schedule so far this year.  This consisted of working full time, aiding a few start-ups, and grad school preparation (GMAT study and applying to schools) while also trying to enjoy being newly married and life in London.  In essence I had a large number of balls in the air that I was attempting to juggle and likely due to this I found that my creativity and problem solving were being negatively affe...

August 2, 2015

In an effort to get myself into some semblance of shape and to have wedding photos (I’m getting married in September) where I don’t look like a young Jabba the Hut I started going to the gym back in March.  So far it has been a success in that in conjunction with some diet changes I can honestly say that I’ve lost 8 kg (roughly 18 lbs) in five months.  Not too shabby.

As my mind tends to wander onto more important things while peddling the stationary bike or walking the stair stepper towards nowhere/heaven I figured I’d share some of these random revelations.

1. Move to your own beat; AKA gym music is terrible

We’ve all been there, sweating profusely while some horrible hip hop song blares so loudly it resonates in your bones.  Seriously, who chooses these playlists?

I, like many others chooses to indulge in homemade workout playlists with the volume at an unhealthy level to drown out the background noise.  This has the effect of being able to move at a tempo dictated by myself and no...

August 1, 2015

"It's never to late too be what you might have been."     - George Eliot

The quote above is my way of saying that while I am (ridiculously) late to the game of beginning my own blog that in many ways it is never too late.  I fully recognize that in many ways the blog craze has passed and that in the current busy world where everyone is attempting to maximize the return on where their time is spent that short form (I.E. short social posts & videos) communication has captured the attention of most of my peers.  For me however the truly expressive written word will never fade away and there will always be a place and a time for brewing a cup of coffee and sitting comfortably with my tablet enjoying a good blog, novel or full length article. 

That is enough however about why this blog exists, perhaps it is better to mention what I'm looking to achieve.  I've never been a self-promoter.  I would rather for example in a work setting highlight the achievements of my team and...

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Vincent Marsland is an American born MBA graduate, marketing and management expert who is passionate about how best to use new technology to improve lives.

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