Saturday, May 26, 2018

Double-Down on Good

A little can go a long way.

This weekend, I made the flight from San Francisco to Wichita, Kansas. I'd been here twice before, but both trips were nearly half my life ago.

My father and mother, uncles and aunts, came as well. 

We all arrived to support my cousin's graduation from high school.

I didn't think twice before booking my flight and I suspect most of my family didn't either. 

Still, my uncle was clearly very moved by the effort we'd all made to support his daughter; a gesture he won't forget.

It dawned on me this morning, the seemingly insignificant acts we make, both good and bad, can make an indelible impression.

We should make an effort to double-down on the good ones.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Showing Up on Time

Your credibility can erode by the second. Literally. 

Honoring your commitments is the easiest way to communicate you’re invested in both the mission at hand and the people you’re leading.
Arriving on time may seem insignificant, but it’s the simplest behaviors, good and bad, that compound over time and make all the difference. 

Showing a reverence for the only resource we can’t make more of exemplifies the integrity of a person worth following.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Why Allowing for Change is Important

It's unlikely what you want at 25 will be what you want at 45. It doesn’t mean you’ve quit a dream, but that you’ve evolved and so have the things you value most.
I've found it helpful to keep your poise in these moments of doubt and be open to where new opportunities may lead you.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Be Curious

Cling fiercely to a childlike wonder of the world.
Protect your inner tourist at all costs.
Ask questions unapologetically.
Deepen an insatiable need to know.
Seek knowledge for its own sake.
It all begins with paying more attention.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What I've Discovered About Reading

It's not enough to be a literate reader. One must be an active one. 

Reading a book for understanding is quite different than reading for knowledge. But both are crafts worth honing. 

Our job as the reader is to strive for equality with the writer, who presumably knows more about a subject than we do. 




Monday, May 21, 2018

Lessons from Da Vinci

For years, I read nothing but plays. I was a one-dimensional person. But in time, I discovered I had to diversify my knowledge. 
The more I learned, the more I realized how ideas cross-pollinate. 
And perhaps nobody understood this principle better than Leonardo Da Vinci.
The most famous painting in the world is a byproduct of integrating different arenas of knowledge.
The Mona Lisa was painted by a man who didn’t particularly like being called an artist. Da Vinci preferred to think of himself as an engineer and a scientist.
And because he was obsessed with optics, how light created different shades, and anatomy he was able to blend those disciplines into a masterpiece.
He spent his evenings peeling the skin off cadavers because he wanted to see how tendons and muscles worked, how a person furrowed a brow, or smiled.

He was a man who simply had to know.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ancient Greek Theater

Ancient Greek Theater started with festivals honoring the God Dionysus in a festival called called, “City Dionysia.

From this event tragedy, comedy, and satyr plays emerge.


The Greeks were the first to write about these integral parts of the human condition and examine it. To the Greeks, theater was a way of holding a mirror up to society and examining our human behavior. 

They went to the theater not to see actors, but to see themselves. 

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