Category Archives: Stories

“Nailed it!”

on April 6, 2019 in Education, Nature, Stories

Several TEDxNYU attendees agreed: “Nailed it!” My friend recorded it with her phone. It ran out of memory, but here are the first six minutes, followed by some stills. Word is that I have to wait 6 to 12 weeks for them to edit the video. I’ll link to the full, official one when I get it.

See my TEDx talk live, this Saturday, April 6!

on March 30, 2019 in Education, Events, Leadership, Stories

You know you’ve wanted to see a TED talk live. Now’s your chance. Cancel your old plans for next weekend. See me and six other brilliant, engaging speakers this Saturday, April 6 at TEDxNYU—the intersection of two world-renowned institutions. This year’s theme is Disruption. In NYU’s Kimmel building, 60 Washington Square South, 10th floor, starting 10am. Get tickets and logistics here or contact me and I’ll put you on my[…] Keep reading →

I’m famous for plogging! See me pick up litter while I run on local news.

on March 29, 2019 in Fitness, Habits, Stories

The winter is over and it’s time to get outdoors running. Jessica Formoso covered me plogging on WNYW Fox 5 local news last night. You can hear my experience that made plogging stick: I cleaned where I live—my home. Here’s the video, where you can see me running like an old man. Let me know if you want to join me for some plogging or if you plog on your[…] Keep reading →

Jia Jiang’s world-class social sidcha

on March 21, 2019 in SIDCHAs, Stories

I couldn’t help share Jia Jiang’s sidcha. I’ve favored fitness sidchas like my burpee-based calisthenics, a mindfulness one in cold showers, and the expressive one of writing here. I’ve also described business ones like cold-calling five of sales leads daily or writing a business idea every day. There are aesthetic ones like drawing a picture every day or dancing every day. I also describe social ones like talking to a[…] Keep reading →

Treat Failure With Respect

on March 14, 2019 in Entrepreneurship, Stories

“Fail early and often” “Fail forward” “Fail, fail, fail” The business world, especially around entrepreneurship, promotes failing as a way to learn. I recognize its inevitability and necessity for learning, but I suspect many people who promote it have never experienced devastating failure. I’ve failed huge in life and I wouldn’t speak about it as cavalierly as many do. I consider physical injury inevitable in fitness and learning and I[…] Keep reading →

Shooting guns in Houston, Texas

on December 8, 2018 in Stories

I forgot to mention one of my most memorable experiences on my recent trip across the country: shooting guns. I’d never shot a handgun and had only shot a low-caliber rifle in North Korea. I learned a lot, as I’ll describe below. From my train arriving in Houston, I caught a bus to an environmental research place. Before continuing with the story, I have to mention that most people I[…] Keep reading →

30 highlights and lowlights from a triumphant month on the road

on December 1, 2018 in Stories

I’m on the train from Atlanta home to New York. I left October 29 and visited Chicago, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego, and New Orleans too. The impetus came from attending the Summit in L.A. I found reasons to visit places along the way. Here are 30 highlights an lowlights from the trip. 1. I traveled intercity only by train and bus since I’m not flying. 2. At the Summit[…] Keep reading →

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