Category: Life Lessons

Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

Hand-Made and Heart-Felt

| February 18, 2013 | Reply

I closed my eyes like she asked me to, and held out my hands. She came over, kissed my cheek, and placed something at my fingertips. I felt thick, velvety paper, rolled up like a scroll. I opened my eyes to see a hand-made valentines card, complete with a ribbon and adorned with heart-felt thoughts […]

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Break the Rules

Break the Rules

| January 27, 2013 | Reply

We were down to our last few dollars and I didn’t know how we were going to make payroll. Our business model wasn’t working the way we planned, and we were burning cash faster than expected. Something needed to change. Something big – and something now. The year was 2008 and TakeLessons was working to […]

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Support Zach Sobiech as He Battles Cancer Through Music

Support Zach Sobiech as He Battles Cancer Through Music

| December 11, 2012 | Reply

  Zach Sobiech is a 17yr old musician from Lakeland, MN that was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Through surgeries, therapies, and biopsies, and months of chemo, Zach has used music to stay strong. He wrote and performed this song as a way to say goodbye to his friends and family. — […]

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The Confidence Loop

The Confidence Loop

| December 4, 2012 | Reply

I was chatting with a young employee over a beer the other day and we started talking about confidence and its importance. Here is a summary of the conversation along with a diagram on the cyclical pattern of confidence. What is confidence? Confidence is a state of mind. It is a lens that we choose […]

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Design Life. Drive Life.

Design Life. Drive Life.

| November 27, 2012 | Reply

Drive life. Say Yes more often. Challenge your barriers. Be comfortable outside your comfort zone. But, don’t just drive life. Design it. Design your outcome. And design time in between driving, to be still – to float. To explore. To be, without trying. To breathe, without thinking. And to surrender, without wanting. – Steven 2011.

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You have all that you need to create an incredible life.

You have all that you need to create an incredible life.

| November 20, 2012 | Reply

My friend Erin Mellinger posted this on facebook the other day. It’s so insightful, I wanted to share it with you: “There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that’s important.” Wow! How powerful that is when you think about it. Every number ever produced is a […]

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What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?

What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?

| November 12, 2012 | 2 Replies

(Nadav is my buddy and CEO of Enlightened.org) Nadav Wilf asks on Facebook: What is your definition of success and what’s your relationship to it?? Stefania Andra I’d like to call our relationship successful so that answers the second part of the question as well 🙂 hehe Julien Brandt Easy: It’s strictly based on how […]

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Goals: Winning at the Little Things

Goals: Winning at the Little Things

| November 8, 2012 | 1 Reply

At the end of each quarter, I take a detailed look at my yearly goals to see how I’m progressing against them. Sometimes I’m ahead – sometimes behind. And what I’ve begun to notice is that I’m ahead on the items where I accomplish smaller tasks more frequently. There’s a concept in goal setting called […]

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Wag More, Bark Less

Wag More, Bark Less

| August 7, 2012 | 1 Reply

Recently, I’ve started noticing these stickers everywhere. They remind me of a great piece of life advice John Assaraf recently shared with me, encouraging me to make a shift in how I spend my time. A thread runs through this simple sticker and John Assaraf’s words: simply put, spend more time pursuing your passions than […]

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Toes and Ass

Toes and Ass

| August 3, 2012 | Reply

Today, I'm at a wedding in Orange County CA and got to spend time talking with the father of the bride – a dapper chap with opinions and life experiences to back them up. We got on the subject of life lessons, in which he shared with me his view on how to get along […]

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Charisma – Richard Branson Style

Charisma – Richard Branson Style

| June 26, 2012 | Reply

My buddy, Nadav Wilf, just got back from an incredible trip to Neckar Island with Richard Branson. I was offered to go, but there wasn't a guarantee that Mr. B was going to be there, so I took a pass. (I have another blog post brewing about my own issue of saying 'no' to too […]

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The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Innovation (Clip 7 of 8)

The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Innovation (Clip 7 of 8)

| June 22, 2012 | Reply

On Wednesday, 4/18, a few local tech entrepreneurs spoke at the 6Degrees Breakfast Speakers series on digital startups and innovation here in San Diego. In this segment, the panelists talk about finding work-life balance while starting a business.   Question from the crowd: (barely audible) What's the [xx] business model? They're all similar because they're […]

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Average Startups vs. Exceptional Startups

Average Startups vs. Exceptional Startups

| June 15, 2012 | Reply

Average companies give their people something to work on. Exceptional companies give their people something to work towards. When thinking about your startup, focus on the mission. Find people passionate about not only WHAT you do, buy WHY you're doing it.

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The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Innovation (Clip 5 of 8)

The Digital Frontier – A Showcase of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Innovation (Clip 5 of 8)

| June 12, 2012 | Reply

On Wednesday, 4/18, a few local tech entrepreneurs spoke at the 6Degrees Breakfast Speakers series on digital startups and innovation here in San Diego. In this segment, the panelists discuss their varied experiences with their mentors.   Moderator: When you were getting started, were there any mentors or resources that helped you achieve success? Lars […]

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Job Titles vs Leadership

Job Titles vs Leadership

| June 10, 2012 | Reply

If a person is given a title in the company, it means they hold a certain rank. VP's, C-level means they have a high rank.  But the title doesn't make someone a leader. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you – not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because […]

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