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Chris Lakin

“Congratulations, you have achieved you goal and won the gold... And then what? And then what? The game is lost if you only played to win. Deep, deliberate purpose is the way out.”


Verona, New Jersey, United States of America

Professional title:

Math/STEM undergrad at Carnegie Mellon. Uncommonly creative. Obsessed with ideas.

What do you do?

Currently trying to figure out how to use my potential for technical ability to aim at doing the greatest possible good for the longest possible future.


I only see three things worth doing in life: 1) doing meaningful work; 2) building deep relationships with others; 3) improving myself. I don't know anything else to do with the majority of my time and brain cycles than try to do as much meaningful work as possible. And doing more good is better than doing less good (some career paths might be 10,000x more impactful than others); I follow the philosophy of Effective Altruism.

What should we read?

“A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” ~ William B. Irvine “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” ~ Ashlee Vance “Thinking, Fast and Slow” “The Fifth Science” ~ Exurb1a