About

Hi, I’m Charles.

My core philosophy: Success can be engineered.

It’s all about creating the perfect conditions—the right skills, the right mindset and the right people. All of these can be learned.

The rest is a mere game of probabilities.

Philosopher and self-made millionaire Nassim Taleb puts it best—

“Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.”

That’s what this blog is all about.

On this blog I…

  1. Deconstruct great thinkers.
  2. Replicate through personal experiments.
  3. Share actionable lessons.

I’ve used this method to:

  • Bring this blog from 0 to 40,000+ views in 4 weeks
  • Speak fluent Japanese in 18 months
  • More than triple my freelancing rate from $20 to $60+ per hour
  • Consistently hit the front page of Reddit and Hacker News
  • Quit my job and live in countries all over the world
  • Read 200+ books in one year while working a full-time job
  • Teach myself the fundamentals of programming and web design

Interested? Consider The Open Circle—a weekly cocktail of my personal experiments and smart ideas from dead people.