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Joshua earned a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, both at Columbia University, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. He teaches and coaches leadership at Columbia, NYU, and privately. He has founded several companies, one operating globally since 1999, with a half-dozen patents to his name. He competed athletically at a national and world level.

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Olympians, Nobel Laureates, Oscar winners, and others I’ve met

posted by Joshua on September 23, 2014 in Art, Leadership
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Over beers a colleague raised my eyebrows by beginning a sentence with, “So I walked in the Oval Office…” like walking in the Oval Office was just a casual thing everyone does at some point. It turns out he acted as a science advisor for two Presidents. And not just a meeting with a cabinet member here or there, but regular meetings lasting more than an hour.

I decided to think of some of the brushes with serious greatness I’ve had. I don’t know if the following list is bragging or not, since I didn’t do any of those things. To the extent we are the average of the people we know, it says something about me.

  • One guy I know met regularly with two Presidents—Ford and Carter—as a science advisor
  • One guy I know (and sang karaoke with) won an Oscar
  • At least one guy I know met Albert Einstein
  • I work with a four-time Olympian
  • I’ve met four Nobel Prize winners
  • I danced next to a President’s daughter at a friend’s party and might have said a few words to her
  • A guy I knew worked with the Rolling Stones, the Doors, and Igor Stravinsky
  • A guy I know works with Ornette Coleman

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Hustlers and clowns

posted by Joshua on September 22, 2014 in Entrepreneurship, Leadership
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Hustlers and clowns are two types of business people I’ve found. Actually, they’re everywhere, not just business, but I’ll talk about them in a business context. Hustlers Hustlers do what it takes to do the job by learning and meeting people’s needs. I love working with hustlers, at least the type I mean. The student[…] Keep reading →

Emotions have (at least) two components: motivation and feeling

posted by Joshua on September 21, 2014 in Awareness, Nature
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I write and talk about emotions a lot. I find many people consider them ethereal and mysterious so don’t understand them. As a result, they close off an important part of their identity. Many people think of our minds having a rational side and an emotional side. They think of the rational side as reasonable.[…] Keep reading →