Category: Personal Development

Steve Jobs: Magnificence and Mortality

Steve Jobs: Magnificence and Mortality

| October 6, 2011 | Reply

Today, I woke up to the death of Steve Jobs. At the age of 56, he did what most entrepreneurs dream of doing – changing the world for the better. Even though I didn't know him, I could help but feel saddened and tearful. Part out of respect – and part out of feeling that […]

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Current Obstacles Will Pass. Focus on the Big Picture.

Current Obstacles Will Pass. Focus on the Big Picture.

| July 15, 2011 | 1 Reply

I was checking my email this morning and a new start-up founder asked me the following: "P.s.  how did you stay focused and motivated with so many obstacles and uncertainties when you were first starting takelessons?" Great question and something all entrepreneurs will face. Here's my answer: Peter, Thanks for the note. The obstacles are […]

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Never Get Stuck in the Thick of Thin Things

Never Get Stuck in the Thick of Thin Things

| May 20, 2011 | 2 Replies

My friend Dalia sent me this. I thought it was a good analogy on deciding to spend time on things that matter. It reminded me of a saying (not sure who said it): "Never get stuck in the thick of thin things" A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front […]

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Do Something Extraordinary. Personal Notes from 10 years ago.

Do Something Extraordinary. Personal Notes from 10 years ago.

| May 6, 2011 | 2 Replies

I routinely like fixing a martini and writing about philosophy and what I'm experiencing in life at that moment. It helps me stay clear and focused on the bigger picture. It helps me not get caught in the 'thick of thin things'. I was looking through a few old notes and I fould this posting […]

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A Simple Life Philosophy: Incredible Experiences with Incredible People

A Simple Life Philosophy: Incredible Experiences with Incredible People

| April 13, 2011 | 5 Replies

I'm working on simplifying my life. Less overhead. Less stress. Better health. Smarter brain. etc. When I was in Amsterdam last year, I was thinking about designing my life in conjunction to letting life happen. I wanted to plan it and give it direction, yet allow for the beauty of serendipity. I wanted to find […]

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Life Happens Today

Life Happens Today

| April 4, 2011 | Reply

This is a short note to remind myself: Although it's important to plan for the future, life does not happen there. Nor does it happen in the past. Life happens today. Not tomorrow. Not on my dreams. Not on my past experiences. Life is here. Right now. And in order to make life 'count', I […]

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Spending Time With Incredible People

Spending Time With Incredible People

| March 28, 2011 | 1 Reply

The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine who was drained. It seemed that all of the people in her life were requiring more energy than what she had to give. It was sucking her energy dry. She told me that she needed to make a change. She needed to limit her […]

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The Power of Now

| March 19, 2011 | 1 Reply

  Cover via Amazon I was turned on to Eckart Tolle by friend and big-thinker, Dmitry Shapiro. I read The Power of Now twice now because it’s truly an incredible look at the mind, and how we might calm the thoughts in order to truly live in the moment. Personally, it has helped me in […]

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Love What You Do

Love What You Do

| December 15, 2010 | Reply

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Design You Life. Find the Flow.

Design You Life. Find the Flow.

| October 5, 2010 | 3 Replies

I wrote this on a napkin in Amsterdam last week while contemplating: ———————————————– Say 'yes' more often. Yes to Life.  Challenge your barriers. Live outside your comfort zone. Seek out novel experiences. Make people's day. Bring them into your world. Remember that you have a path – a natural flow. Find it. Design it. Drive […]

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Never Graduate From Kindergarten

Never Graduate From Kindergarten

| May 19, 2010 | 1 Reply

I'm fortunate enough to have smart advisors for TakeLessons. They've been motivational and have kicked my ass to think at a higher level and become a smarter business person. In addition to all the business advice I get, sometimes a life lesson will shine through. These life lessons tend to be just as valuable as […]

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One of My Favorite Apple Videos – Think Different

One of My Favorite Apple Videos – Think Different

| April 6, 2010 | Reply

One of my favorite Apple videos

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San Diego Housing Market: Strategic Default, Foreclosures, and Ethics

San Diego Housing Market: Strategic Default, Foreclosures, and Ethics

| March 28, 2010 | Reply

“What I do find troubling, however, is that most banks took billions of dollars from the taxpayers to shore up their own balance sheet, while now trying to emotionally beat up the taxpayers who, in effect, bailed them out to begin with. ”

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One of the best quotes I’ve heard in a while

One of the best quotes I’ve heard in a while

| March 23, 2010 | Reply

This is one of the best quotes I’ve heard in a while: “If roughly 80% of the results come from 20% of the efforts, then perfection is nowhere near as precious as time.”

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Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make – Hire Right

Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make – Hire Right

| March 2, 2010 | Reply

Here's a good article from Neil Patel (co-founder of KISSMetrics). He interviewed a few successful entrepreneurs that had built businesses worth at least $50 million to learn what some of their biggest mistakes were. By far, the reply that kept coming up is hiring the wrong people. It seems that just about everything else falls […]

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