27 Sep 2013 - Birthday thoughts: How to actually change for the better
Yesterday was my birthday. Unfortunately, I was among strangers and spent most of the day on my feet so it wasn’t until the day was over that I had some time to think. Birthday pensiveness is important. I’ve had to make some tough decisions recently, ones that I know will [...]
16 Aug 2013 - Life as an inexperienced entrepreneur
There’s value in observation. I came straight from a half-finished medical education right into startups. My background was in chemistry, mathematics, and music, but I opted to do a start-up. There seem to be two types of entrepreneurs (note: others and I have made this observation many times before) — [...]
19 Apr 2013 - A little Steve Jobs in every entrepreneur
This post is one of personal reflection, so it may not pertain, or even make sense, to most. But if you’ve ever known yourself to have a slight rebellious streak, it just might. My Kindle tells me I’m at 46% percent of Steve Job’s biography. Now, for any of those [...]
21 Feb 2013 - Brain Massage
Katie and I arrived in Panama late last night. It’s astounding how little and how much Spanish I remember, if that makes sense. The first thing I noticed, however, was the smell. It smelled like 2008, like Panama, like the scent of top grade nostalgia. After grabbing a cell phone [...]
19 Feb 2013 - Return to the Reservation
Three and a half years ago I posted this, a journal entry I wrote shortly after visiting the comarca Ngobe Bugle. A ‘comarca’ is more or less equivalent to our Native American reservations. The indigenous people of Panama, of which one tribe was called the Ngobe, were a nomadic people that [...]
26 Jan 2013 - On being nice.
“If you expect something in return for being a nice [person], you’re not a nice [person].” –Paraphrased from Reddit and probably countless wisened individuals. The subject of “being nice” has been on my mind for a couple weeks now. The beauty (and beast) that is the New York subway is [...]
13 Dec 2012 - Thinking or Doing?
I cannot stand the phrase “let’s have a meeting to discuss that.” All my ears hear is “let’s do something inefficient that ultimately will let us go in circles while wasting time.” Now this is not to say that thinking through something is a detriment, quite the opposite in fact. [...]
10 Dec 2012 - The threshold for acceptability. “I still think it’s terrible”
One thing I constantly have to tell myself, or unfortunately learn directly from error, is that I can’t do it all. Recently, I came across an article on Larry Page about how he came to run Google. One particular quote that struck with me was this: ”You may think using Google’s [...]