September 5, 2013
"it is possible to turn dyslexia into a positive rather than a negative. I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate other tasks, a skill that set me in good stead to develop the whole Virgin Group. Having dyslexia means having to trust others to help you with tasks or do them on your behalf – this ability to let go is vital for entrepreneurs."

Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group

June 30, 2013
"…because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself."

Herman Melville, Author of Moby-Dick

Can Everything Change In An Instant?

June 23, 2013
"Rather than a singing competition, The Voice is a documentary reality show about the mentorship of young singers by charismatic and caring celebrities. Each week viewers tune in not to see who wins and loses, but rather to watch as singers grow into artists; the same is true of most singing competitions, true, but the tight focus on mentorship foregrounds this narrative above that of competition."

Myles McNutt, Reviewer AV Club

The Voice “Live Finale”

June 19, 2013

How to Fold a Shirt in Under 2 Seconds. 

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June 14, 2013
"No matter how much money you have, you can’t buy more time. There are only 24 hours in everyone’s day."

Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Three Things I’ve Learned From Warren Buffett

June 13, 2013
"Do what you love. Then master it so you can do it much better than anyone else you know. Happiness is where interests and capabilities intersect."

Michael Lazerow, Founder Buddy Media

Offbeat Advice I Wish I Was Given In School

June 8, 2013
"Truly confident people are quiet and unassuming. They already know what they think; they want to know what you think. So they ask open-ended questions that give other people the freedom to be thoughtful and introspective: They ask what you do, how you do it, what you like about it, what you learned from it… and what they should do if they find themselves in a similar situation."

Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO at HubSpot

9 Qualities of Truly Confident People

May 20, 2013
"Start-ups and underdogs have nothing to lose. Their fear of change pales in comparison to their fear of being killed, which is always right around the corner."

Scott Belsky, Co-founder of Behance

Goliath’s Best Chance of Survival

May 13, 2013
"This story, like all good stories, isn’t about getting to the ending. Good stories are about the hero becoming the person that the ending can happen to."

Donna Bowman, A.V. Club on the Journey of Ted Mosby

May 12, 2013
"Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers"

— Seth Godin

April 1, 2013
Entering the Arena
Last week I hit a wall.
Afraid of hearing the word “no” from a potential business partner, I preemptively shut down conversations by hiding behind the need to develop a perfect pitch. Of course, this only resulted in me sitting in front of my keyboard feeling deservedly frustrated and unaccomplished.
What I should have done is entered the metaphorical arena by couragously committing to my ideas and drafting a proposal thereby opening up the conversation, knowing full well that the only way to find the perfect pitch is by asking more question and allowing a co-created solution to emerge.
This realization hit me while listening to the TED Radio Hour Podcast on Making Mistakes, where Brene Brown explores if we can gain strength from recognizing shame and embracing vulnerability:

I know it’s seductive to stand outside the arena, because I think I did it my whole life, and think to myself, I’m going to go in there and kick some ass when I’m bulletproof and when I’m perfect. And that is seductive. But the truth is that never happens. And even if you got as perfect as you could and as bulletproof as you could possibly muster when you got in there, that’s not what we want to see. We want you to go in. We want to be with you and across from you. And we just want, for ourselves and the people we care about and the people we work with, to dare greatly.

Ultimately, the proposal that I sent today was no better than the proposal I would have sent last week. In fact, the delay probably did not help my case much. Moving forward, I guess I’ll just have to take a page out of Guetta’s book, don some titanium armor and join the fight.

I’m criticized, but all your bullets ricochet
You shoot me down, but I get up
I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose 
Fire away, fire away

 Watch the full TED talk here:

Sources
“Making Mistakes” - TED Radio Hour 
“Listening to Shame” - Brene Brown | TED

Entering the Arena

Last week I hit a wall.

Afraid of hearing the word “no” from a potential business partner, I preemptively shut down conversations by hiding behind the need to develop a perfect pitch. Of course, this only resulted in me sitting in front of my keyboard feeling deservedly frustrated and unaccomplished.

What I should have done is entered the metaphorical arena by couragously committing to my ideas and drafting a proposal thereby opening up the conversation, knowing full well that the only way to find the perfect pitch is by asking more question and allowing a co-created solution to emerge.

This realization hit me while listening to the TED Radio Hour Podcast on Making Mistakes, where Brene Brown explores if we can gain strength from recognizing shame and embracing vulnerability:

I know it’s seductive to stand outside the arena, because I think I did it my whole life, and think to myself, I’m going to go in there and kick some ass when I’m bulletproof and when I’m perfect. And that is seductive. But the truth is that never happens. And even if you got as perfect as you could and as bulletproof as you could possibly muster when you got in there, that’s not what we want to see. We want you to go in. We want to be with you and across from you. And we just want, for ourselves and the people we care about and the people we work with, to dare greatly.

Ultimately, the proposal that I sent today was no better than the proposal I would have sent last week. In fact, the delay probably did not help my case much. Moving forward, I guess I’ll just have to take a page out of Guetta’s book, don some titanium armor and join the fight.

I’m criticized, but all your bullets ricochet

You shoot me down, but I get up

I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose 

Fire away, fire away

 Watch the full TED talk here:

Sources

January 3, 2013
2013 Resolution: Ask Better Questions

Want to seem more interesting this year? Start by being interested. Focus on making others feel intelligent, impressive and fascinating. Instead of focusing on yourself, shine the spotlight light back on them by asking better questions:

Social jiu-jitsu is easy. Just ask the right questions. Stay open-ended and allow room for description and introspection. Ask how, or why, or who.

As soon as you learn a little about someone, ask how they did it. Or why they did it. Or what they liked about it, or what they learned from it, or what you should do if you’re in a similar situation.

By asking for advice, you are demonstrating that you respect their opinion and in a way, are inviting them to be part of your future success. 

Here is to a more charismatic 2013. Cheers!

Source

January 2, 2013
New Year’s Day: A Collective Legally Blonde Moment

It’s New Year’s Day.

Today, we wake up armed with a handful of fresh resolutions and a little resolve borrowed from the promise of a new year.

We head to the gym, take to the kitchen, curl up with a book and hunker down in front of a keyboard. We swear off the junk food, power down the TV and dream of a better, happier, healthier, more productive life. Waiting for that all important day when we walk out of the room as people whisper behind us:

Do you think she just woke up one morning and said, ‘I think I’ll go to law school today’?

That day however, is not today. Because achieving our resolutions are never quite as easy as waking up and making a grand proclamation. A better life requires life long changes. It’s about showing up to each battle, win, lose or draw, while not losing site of the overall war. Jeff Goins helps us to understand why most resolutions fail:

A resolution is something you make. Resolve is something you have. Call it semantics, but this is important. A lot of people will make resolutions this new year and immediately break them. Why? Because they’re not really resolving to do anything. They’re just wishing.

So where do we find resolve? Or better yet, how do you build resolve? Lifehacker recommends a scaffolding approach to structure your goals that involve the following steps:

Choose a concrete goal
Determine the next action
Make your resolution open ended
Seek out a support network
Be realistic and kind

At the end of the day, we all have 24 hours. Changing your life requires that you to rethink how to prioritize the time that we are all given. 

Source

December 30, 2012
2012 Score Card
Raw Score: 23/28 = 82% 
with bonus points 43/28 = 154%
TRAVEL OFTEN
Modesto, California
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Washington D.C.
Indio, California (Coachella)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Barcelona, Spain
Rome, Italy
Paris, France (Roland Garros)
London, England
Black Rock City, Nevada (Burning Man)
Portland, Oregon
Seattle, Washington
Bonus Travels and Repeat Locations
Florence, Italy
Venice, Italy
Milan, Italy
Lake Como, Italy
Madrid, Spain
Fountainbleau, France
San Bernardino Mountains, California
New York, New York
Denver, Colorado
Albuquerque, New Mexico (Hot Air Balloon Fiesta)
San Francisco, California
Honolulu, Hawaii
WHEN YOU EAT, APPRECIATE EVERY LAST BITE
Experiment with molecular gastronomy
Sculpt a cake
Participate in a flavor-tripping party
Experiment with vegetarianism
Bonus Adventures

Deep fry a turkey
Craft homemade ice creams
Adopt a paleo-esque lifestyle (25 lb lighter from the start of the year)
Memorable Meals

Pistachio and Rose Macaroons from Pierre Herme | Paris, France
ALL THE PIZZA from Pizza Bonci | Rome, Italy
The Reggie and McIsley from Pine State Biscuits | Portland, Oregon
ALL THE CHOCOLATE from Theo’s Chocolate Tour | Seattle, Washington
Sweet Corn Pancakes from Maria’s Cafe | Minneapolis, Minnesota 


OPEN YOUR MIND, ARMS, AND HEART TO NEW THINGS
*Design, make and sell something
*Travel by train across the US to either Chicago, Seattle or both
Attend a major festival (like Burning Man)
*Play tennis on real clay courts
Take a class in free running at Tempest Academy
Bonus Adventures

*Sold my first ad campaign
*Traveled by train across Italy and from Paris to London
*Played tennis on American clay courts, real European clay is up next
Rode in a hot air ballon 
Wake boarding with Captain Morgan
Hiked Diamond Head, Koko Head. Hawaii Loa Ridge, Griffith Park and the Boulder Basin
Completed a round of Insanity
Tried Crossfit

LIFE IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU MEET, AND THE THINGS YOU CREATE WITH THEM
Simon Mainwaring - We First
Dave, Michael and Fabian - Holstee
Colin Wright - Exile Lifestyle
Chris Guillebeau - Art of Non-Conformity
Anyone - Virgin Unite Team
GETTING LOST WILL HELP YOU FIND YOURSELF
Travel Hacking
Blogging/Building a Personal Online Brand
Any suggestions for 2013?

2012 Score Card

Raw Score: 23/28 = 82% 

with bonus points 43/28 = 154%

TRAVEL OFTEN

  1. Modesto, California
  2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. Washington D.C.
  4. Indio, California (Coachella)
  5. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  6. Barcelona, Spain
  7. Rome, Italy
  8. Paris, France (Roland Garros)
  9. London, England
  10. Black Rock City, Nevada (Burning Man)
  11. Portland, Oregon
  12. Seattle, Washington
Bonus Travels and Repeat Locations
  1. Florence, Italy
  2. Venice, Italy
  3. Milan, Italy
  4. Lake Como, Italy
  5. Madrid, Spain
  6. Fountainbleau, France
  7. San Bernardino Mountains, California
  8. New York, New York
  9. Denver, Colorado
  10. Albuquerque, New Mexico (Hot Air Balloon Fiesta)
  11. San Francisco, California
  12. Honolulu, Hawaii

WHEN YOU EAT, APPRECIATE EVERY LAST BITE

  • Experiment with molecular gastronomy
  • Sculpt a cake
  • Participate in a flavor-tripping party
  • Experiment with vegetarianism
Bonus Adventures
  • Deep fry a turkey
  • Craft homemade ice creams
  • Adopt a paleo-esque lifestyle (25 lb lighter from the start of the year)
Memorable Meals
  • Pistachio and Rose Macaroons from Pierre Herme | Paris, France
  • ALL THE PIZZA from Pizza Bonci | Rome, Italy
  • The Reggie and McIsley from Pine State Biscuits | Portland, Oregon
  • ALL THE CHOCOLATE from Theo’s Chocolate Tour | Seattle, Washington
  • Sweet Corn Pancakes from Maria’s Cafe | Minneapolis, Minnesota 

OPEN YOUR MIND, ARMS, AND HEART TO NEW THINGS

  • *Design, make and sell something
  • *Travel by train across the US to either Chicago, Seattle or both
  • Attend a major festival (like Burning Man)
  • *Play tennis on real clay courts
  • Take a class in free running at Tempest Academy
Bonus Adventures
  • *Sold my first ad campaign
  • *Traveled by train across Italy and from Paris to London
  • *Played tennis on American clay courts, real European clay is up next
  • Rode in a hot air ballon 
  • Wake boarding with Captain Morgan
  • Hiked Diamond Head, Koko Head. Hawaii Loa Ridge, Griffith Park and the Boulder Basin
  • Completed a round of Insanity
  • Tried Crossfit

LIFE IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU MEET, AND THE THINGS YOU CREATE WITH THEM

GETTING LOST WILL HELP YOU FIND YOURSELF

  • Travel Hacking
  • Blogging/Building a Personal Online Brand

Any suggestions for 2013?

December 4, 2012
"If I seem too passionate, it’s because I care. If I come on too strong, its because I feel strongly. And if I push too hard, it’s because things aren’t moving fast enough. This is my home, you are my family, and I promise you, I’m not going anywhere."

Leslie Knope. ”The Debate" - Parks and Recreation | Season 4, Episode 20 

Battle cry. Let’s go. 

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