Monthly Archives: January 2015

50,000 burpees!

on January 31, 2015 in Exercises, Fitness, Habits

Happy Superbowl Sunday tomorrow, traditionally a day for drinking beer and eating comfort food. By my calculations, I hit 50,000 burpees around tomorrow too. You can read about my hitting 40,000 and 30,000 before that. Still haven’t missed any since my first set of ten in December 2011. Speaking of football food, before I exercise I think exercising will give me an excuse to eat sugary or other unhealthy food[…] Keep reading →

You won’t believe this marathoner

on January 30, 2015 in Fitness

Regular readers know I read the New York City marathon results from the back to see the oldest finishers and finding meaning in the results, as in “On reading the 2010 New York City Marathon results.” The other day I got the official result “magazine,” opened to the back and found Margaret Hagerty, a 91-year-old woman who finished the 2014 marathon. She finished two seconds behind a 58-year-old woman. Eight[…] Keep reading →

See Fashion Entrepreneurs Coco and Breezy with Columbia Business School’s Alumni Club

on January 29, 2015 in Art, Creativity, Entrepreneurship

Coco and Breezy Prince wore their sunglasses — from his album cover — on Saturday Night Live. Beyoncé showed them in her video. Vogue labeled them “fashion icons”. Rhianna, Serena Williams, and more wear their accessories, sold in twenty countries and growing, as well as at Find out how these twins from Minnesota started their brand in their teens … with a thousand dollars between them. I didn’t mention[…] Keep reading →

Hear me interviewed on Join Up Dots!

on January 28, 2015 in Audio

A large and growing web interview series, Join Up Dots, interviewed me and posted the interview. The host, David Ralph, was a great interviewer, I felt. David is creating a series of hundreds of interviews with people living lives like he likes—taking responsibility, enjoying their lives, living how they want, not getting stuck in the doldrums mainstream society and people get stuck in. He finds people like that and interviews[…] Keep reading →

Influence and persuasion class starts Saturday

on January 27, 2015 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

This Saturday begins my class at General Assembly on influence and persuasion. Register here We call the class “Entrepreneurial Sales” because it teaches entrepreneurial skills and uses a model of selling for its structure, but it’s about broader concepts of influence, persuasion, value, and building relationships based on understanding others’ needs. I used to think sales was part of the business other people did—something low-level that used pressure and made[…] Keep reading →

Watching TV is great if you have nothing better to do

on January 26, 2015 in Habits

I held on to my TV for a long time. For a while I watched it for entertainment, news, and sports. Over time I gave up wanting it for entertainment and news, though having it around made it easy to use it for that. It was easy to lose thirty minutes to a few hours without thinking about it. I never seriously considered getting rid of the TV because it[…] Keep reading →

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Two Cents, Too Late

on January 25, 2015 in Ethicist, Nonjudgment

Continuing my series of alternative responses to the New York Times column, The Ethicist, looking at the consequences of one’s actions instead of imposing values on others, here is a take on today’s post, “Two Cents, Too Late.” On public transportation, a young man entered my train car and made an announcement requesting money to pay for medication he needed. Three college-age men teamed up to contribute around $20. After[…] Keep reading →

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