In February 2020, before the pandemic came to American shores, I finally took on a challenge I had been thinking about for quite some years.

I started Brazilian jiujitsu.

When I started, I knew next to nothing about jiujitsu. The only thing I knew was that a lot of people that I really respect seemed to think that jiujitsu was really, really fun. I Googled “Brazilian Jui Jitsu” and Lo and Behold, there was a Gracie-Barra school within 5 miles of my house in West Houston. And the Gracies are the undeniable Kings of BJJ. …


Over the past few years, there has been an explosion of commentary on YouTube and Twitter about the “authoritarian left” and “cancel culture.” By their own account, the free speech warriors have led a brave charge against far left marauders. According to many people, the authoritarian left is tantamount to the Thought Police, every bit as dangerous, a real and present danger to free speech and Enlightenment values.

The list of free speech warriors include Sam Harris, the Weinstein brothers, Andrew Sullivan, James Lindsay, Joe Rogan, Claire Lehmann, and more. …


As a trial lawyer, I’ve studied persuasion my entire career. These two secrets will help you be more persuasive in your own life

I will never forget the first time I went to trial to represent someone in Court. It was almost 20 years ago. I was a baby lawyer, less than a year out of law school. I was defending a plumbing company that had caused one of its employees to fall off a roof and injure his back. I thought I knew everything, and I marched into court like a brash young lawyer and promptly got my butt kicked by a much more experienced and persuasive lawyer. (Aside: Even though I hated to lose, secretly, I liked the injured guy and…


The New York Times reviews a fascinating new book that explores the conscious states of vegetative patients:

A Pioneering Neuroscientist Reports From ‘the Border of Life and Death’

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/books/review/into-the-gray-zone-adrian-owen-.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/books/review/into-the-gray-zone-adrian-owen-.html


A Tipping Point?

Late last night Tesla unveiled it’s mass-market electric car, the Model 3. The folks at Wired have already driven a Model 3, and here’s what they had to say about the experience:

And Business Insider apparently likes the Model 3 as well:

If you aren’t rooting for Tesla to succeed then you are rooting against our country’s best interests. You are rooting against a better future.

We all need to root for Tesla. Tesla’s success is our country’s success. Our planet’s success. …


When Will The Right Get That?

Nice article in the Huffington Post this morning about Obamacare surviving yet another challenge.

Obamacare isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But the Republicans seek to repeal it only because they can, not because they have a better plan in place. In fact, I’d ask anyone who supports repeal of Obamacare “Well, okay, what’s your plan?”

What happened to the time when our so-called “leaders” would work together to solve problems. Why don’t the politicians from both sides just sit down and try to hash out solutions to the problems of Obamacare? Keep the good, fix the bad…


A game-changing update

A year and a half ago, I first reviewed the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. I predicted that a lot of lawyers would ditch their bulky Acer laptops and rush to adopt the iPad Pro as their primary computing device. While many lawyers and other professionals did just that, I think my prediction may have been just a little premature. iOS 10 lacks important features that many lawyers and professionals simply cannot do without.

Times they are a-changin’, though…….

The New iPad Pro

The new iPad Pro is a great device. I got the 10.5-inch model, which I think is the perfect…


One of the most common misconceptions I hear from iPhone / iPad users is that “force quitting” apps saves battery life and makes your device run faster.

Not true.

In fact, the opposite is true — force quitting apps makes your battery life and overall phone performance worse. iOS puts apps in three states: active, suspended, and closed. Suspended apps are apps in your multi-tasking page (double click the home button to pull up your multi-tasking screen).

iOS truly suspends the apps. They take up almost no space or memory. …


Seth Godin is one of the most prolific authors and online writers of the last 20 years. He writes a blog post every day. He’s published more than 10 books, many of which were bestsellers.

His latest post on “making two lists” is terrific. Seth suggests you make two lists. On one list, put down everything you consider negative in your life. Write down the names of your enemies, people who have done you wrong, opportunities you’ve missed, outcomes that were unfair, etc. Anything at all you find troublesome or irritating. Get it all out there. …


Over the past decade, researchers have looked carefully at what we can do to live longer and also to live better while we age. (After all, there’s no point living a long life if you’re not healthy also.)

Many researchers believe there is one change you can make right now that will almost guarantee you live longer and also that you’re more healthy as you age.

The change? Eat less.

For instance, Julie Mattison from the National Institute on Aging envisions a time when our chronological age ticks by every year, but our biological age gets set to a different…

Brian Beckcom

Trial Lawyer, Computer Scientist, & Philosopher. Podcast host for Lessons from Leaders. www.VBAttorneys.com & www.BrianBeckcom.org

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