Each January I like to spend some time reflecting on the previous year in the hopes of integrating lessons learned and then clear the decks for the new year. Some questions I ask are: Continue reading

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ashton-kutcher-steve-jobs-celebrity-jabberAs said in the movie jOBS (at the 1 hour 55 minute mark):
“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way that it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world and try not to bash into the walls too much. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. And that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Its to shake off this erroneous notion that life is just there and you’re just gonna live in it versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

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Is Technology Making People Dumber?

dumb-and-dumber Bill Gates was asked during today’s Reddit AMA, “Hi Bill,
In your opinion, has technology made the masses less intelligent?” Continue reading

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Pick a Non-Fight

contraceptionWhen someone is being aggressive and pushing you, what happens when you push back? Try it physically or mentally and you’ll have the answer. They push back harder. And if you get caught up in this game of “just push harder” without making any meaningful changes to your strategy, you’re giving up your time and energy. And maybe more. If you keep trying the same thing expecting different results, you meet one definition of insanity. Continue reading

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Lars and the Real Girl

Lars and the Real GirlAs succinctly summarized by IMDB: “A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.” While that seems like a recipe for a kinky, weird ass movie, I have to say it’s more about relationships with people and overcoming our issues. Continue reading

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BuddhaIn the book “Shambala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior” by Cogyam Trungpa, he writes “While everyone has a responsibility to help the world, we can create additional chaos if we try to impose our ideas or our help upon others… in order to establish an enlightened society for others, we need to discover what inherently we have to offer the world. So, to begin with, we should make an effort to examine our own experience, in order to see what it contains that is of value in helping ourselves and others to uplift their existence”. Continue reading

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After Fear

aeThe movie “After Earth” didn’t do so hot for a variety of reasons, but there were a couple redeeming factors.  The first is that M. Night Shyamalan exhibited an absurd amount of discipline by abstaining from putting a plot twist at the end of the movie. Continue reading

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The Zen of Iron Man

8710657655_781bef8aa3Who doesn’t love a good action movie? Iron Man 3 is that with a little introspection thrown in.

The cool parts of the first two are watching the extravagant use of money and smarts to build awesome technology and then using all of the above to kick ass. While the first two feel more triumphant, the third movie feels like it has a lot of downers; struggle after struggle with more losses than victories. Continue reading

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Deathbed Regrets

tombstoneI came across an inspiring article last year, “Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed.” I came across the headline today but when I thought about it, I couldn’t remember any of the regrets from the article. Continue reading

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True to Life

we are infiniteI love movies that feel like real life. The Perks of Being a Wallflower has that real life feel to it. It’s like Garden State or The Last Kiss in a high school setting with the same amount of depth. There’s a little bit of Orange County and Good Will Hunting thrown in for good measure. Continue reading

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