The Silver-Lining of COVID-19

I think it's safe to say that all of us globally have had a chance to reflect in these last few weeks. To think about what's essential in our lives, how fragile our systems are, how most of us fail to plan. The list goes on and on.  In times when things feel dire, it's important to keep perspective. What can we learn from this situation? Where can the situation make us stronger?  Global Issues The virus underscores the weaknesses in our supply chain. We've built a world that places a premium on cheap, low-quality shit that maximizes profits without much regard to the environment or the rights of the worker. When the supply chain breaks, the parts, and supplies needed around the globe fail [...]

Legacy is terminal, so why are we chasing it?

Often I hear entrepreneurs talk about leaving a legacy through companies they've built, community philanthropy and time with their families. I've struggled to deeply understand this because it seems fraught with an egotistical desire to be remembered forever. News flash, time moves on legacies are lost forever. History is riddled with those who've made an impact in human history, and their stories remain trapped within the pages of books, lost to time. In our modern age, I think of the entrepreneurial icon Steve Jobs. He always wanted to "make a dent in the universe," and he did. Yet, I wonder for how long will his name live on? How long will the stories of Steve's success and impact resonate with listeners? I suspect in a [...]

Search for Interest. Not Passion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHWUCX6osgM "Do something you are passionate about", is often the career advice heard most when encouraging people to make a change. The problem is many don't know their passions, and this often leaves the receiver of such advice feeling stupid or uninspired. Rather looking for passion, I often suggest searching in interests. In 2005, at the Stanford Commencement, Steve Jobs never told the students to "follow their passions", no instead he offered up these lines, "the minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked far more interesting.... and much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on." I [...]