"life" Tag Archive

January 13, 2016 » Change the World by Being Your Best Self

I was running late for a meeting Monday morning, which meant taking the bus wouldn’t cut it, so I called a Lyft Line. A driver named Rich (pictured above) picked me up. There were already two people in the back seat, so I got into the front passenger seat. Rich was warm and chatty, and […]

January 1, 2016 » 365 Photos Project: By the Numbers

I made and shared one photograph every day last year. It was an amazing experience, and at some point, I’d like to share what I learned and what it all meant. For now, here are some numbers from the project. I made 365 photographs. 70% were candids. 47% were made outdoors. 50% had people in […]

December 31, 2015 » Seinfeld and Obama on Staying Grounded by Keeping It About the Work

Jerry Seinfeld’s episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Barack Obama is predictably great. I highly recommend watching the whole 20 minutes. I particularly enjoyed the exchanges on maintaining perspective. Seinfeld teased Obama about this throughout, asking him questions about his underwear, emotional eating, raising the heat in the White House, and other stuff […]

October 14, 2015 » Time

Over dinner, my 11-year old nephew, Elliott, felt inspired to write. This is what he shared: Time is what makes the universe age. It is what makes us grow up and pass away. You cannot stop it or go back in it. Time is not good or bad. It is time. Nothing else. Time will […]

October 4, 2015 » Make Something. Don’t Be Nice.

I’m a private person. Over the years, I’ve found a nice balance between living and working openly while maintaining personal boundaries. I’m consistently surprised by the benefits of being selectively open and vulnerable in public. My Photo-A-Day project has pushed these boundaries. On the one hand, I’m not that excited by how much I’ve shared […]

June 19, 2015 » Serendipity

Exactly one year ago today, I was on a plane back home to San Francisco, some combination of grumpy and elated. I was exploring the possibility of doing some work with the RE-AMP Network and had made the last-minute decision to attend its annual meeting in Chicago. I was busy and stressed from other work, […]

February 6, 2015 » Obama: Keeping It About the Work

President Barack Obama on the time he felt most broken, from his interview with Humans of New York: I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot […]

January 31, 2015 » To Practice Any Art Is a Way to Make Your Soul Grow

From Kurt Vonnegut’s September 22, 2003 speech at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (via Richa Agarwal): I realize that some of you may have come in hopes of hearing tips on how to become a professional writer. I say to you, “If you really want to hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to […]

September 11, 2014 » Seasons

It was almost 80 degrees and humid when I arrived in Minneapolis earlier this week. Two days later, summer had taken an about face. This morning was in the mid-40s, sunny, and clear. As I left my hotel, I felt the brisk air wash over me, and I was reminded of something I hadn’t felt […]

March 26, 2014 » Lessons from the NBA on Life, Learning, and Navigating Power

Ten months ago, as I was in the midst of figuring out my next chapter, I wrote a blog post about legendary basketball coach, Phil Jackson. I expressed chagrin at how a man like Phil Jackson was essentially being put out to pasture. He was getting coaching offers, but he had made it clear that […]

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