“I’ve arrived!” the young Hungarian announced to an audience of none. The year was 1921. The place was San Francisco. He’d been traveling for days, but instead of looking for a place to rest, the man had one last thing to do.
“Excuse me ma’am!” he politely said to an elderly woman. “Would you be so kind as to tell me which building houses the city press?”
“You can’t miss it!” the woman replied while pointing straight ahead. “It’s that building right there with all the flags hanging from it.”
After giving the woman a hat tip to show his…
It was the fourth week of quarantine when my wife began to cry.
One of her dad’s favorite things to do is to go hiking every Tuesday with his buddies. For the ten years I’ve known him, the only thing that’s ever stopped him from going is either being hospitalized or lockdown. Bad weather doesn’t stop Lluis. He loves the mountains. It’s his place. The moment he steps onto a trail he blends into it. But even more than the mountains, he loves getting a day out with his friends. They’ve had this weekly tradition for over a decade.
I can’t remember the last time I smiled so much.
After sixteen months of isolation, my family hung out with a group of other humans again. But getting to see my friends was only part of what made me so happy. In-between multiple rounds of ribs and kids breaking water balloons over each other’s heads, my friend Patri asked quite possibly the world’s greatest conversation starter — “What are the most annoying things people without kids have ever said to you?”
Not only did this put a pep in the step of some pretty tired parents. But four days later…
“Alright gents, what’s your excuse? My wife and I are training for a dance competition in May. This is our 2nd rehearsal. If anyone knows Pink, we’d love to invite her to our performance! Shaina Swan is on fire!”
If I’d seen the words above from anyone else on Facebook, I would’ve kept scrolling. But the accompanying video of my friend Kevin Swan dancing with his wife Shaina (Shay) sent me to the moon.
I’m a big believer that the fastest way to change your life is by carrying a notebook everywhere you go.
Taking note of the interesting things you come across serves as a solid reminder that your primary job isn’t to do more—it’s to learn more. It can help you to be a better listener and life observer. Plus, collecting thoughts has a funny way of generating new sparks.
Since becoming an avid note-taker, however, a glaring pattern’s emerged that’s hard to ignore.
The thoughts and quotes that mean the most to me didn’t come from Tony Robbins. Nor did they…
“Oh, Michael, it’s so disappointing! I’d guestimate that eight percent of the guys I’ve chatted with — after offering an extremely low-hanging piece of fruit — have responded with the words I’m looking to hear.”
My friend Marta recently began dating again after a bit of a hiatus and decided to give the online world a shot. Like most people, she’s got a lot going on and the last thing she wanted to do was play a numbers game. As a result, she sat down to identify a way to effectively vet the guys who showed interest.
“Whenever someone I’m…
With the exception of salespeople and telemarketers, I’d be willing to bet a delicious bag of french fries I start more conversations with new people than anyone I know.
Over the last few days, I’ve gotten to know a man who took a raft from Africa to Italy to start a new life for himself who writes beautiful and inspiring words. I’ve also spent an hour speaking with a woman in San Fransisco who spends her Sunday mornings trying to make her blueberry pancakes look like the faces of her friends.
These conversations are fun. They give me energy. They…
I like Robert Glazer’s most recent book entitled, “Friday Forward: Inspiration & Motivation to End Your Week Stronger Than It Started.” It’s fun. It’s also got some really good ideas and reminders in it. This is particularly true of the list of “life hacks” he shared courtesy of Morgan Housel, a partner at Collaborative Fund including:
“Marketing hack: Make a product that people need.
PR hack: Do something newsworthy.
Writing hack: Write every day for years.
Learning hack: Read a book. When finished, read another.
Organization hack: Clean up your mess.
Savings hack: Lower your ego and live below your means.
Investing hack: Give…
When given a head start in Monopoly for a study, people displayed unusual behavior. After receiving an additional $1,000 of fake money, they put their feet on the table, grabbed snacks without asking, and spoke in an uppity tone to the people around them. In short, they moved from kind to cold in seconds flat.
This in itself isn’t too shocking as we all know money and power do funny things to people. But what really caught my attention was the research wasn’t performed on Wall Street, nor was it gathered at Elon Musk’s monthly poker party. …
“My horse! My horse! Has anyone seen my horse?”
The villager ran into town asking everyone and anyone if they’d seen his prized possession. Hours later, after inspecting every barn and bakery, the defeated man sat down on a nearby bench to think about what in the world he was gonna do.
“What’s troubling you?”
Startled, the villager’s sunken head shot up and locked eyes with an elderly woman who’d quietly sat down beside him.
“What’s troubling me? the villager snarled. “I’ll tell ya what’s troubling me, them damn thieves stole my only horse! He’s gone. Just wait till my…