August 2018

I have to keep a few events close to the vest this month. I have a few private projects picking up momentum, but I am yet to be able to share information about them. 

That said, here is what is shareable for the month of August:

  • August 11th: Monster Jam at BBT Center
  • August 17th: Umphrey's McGee at Fillmore Miami
  • August 18th: Lindsey Stirling at Coral Sky Ampitheater
  • August 26th: Braves at Marlins

Since I just got back from a lengthy vacation, I look forward to staying home and lounging for the first few weeks. 

What about you?

What do you have planned in August?

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UNdriving Your Focus

While driving your car, you have a single purpose...

To get to where you're going safely. 

While walking on a sidewalk, you also have a single purpose...

To get to where you're going safely. 

Your mind is the difference. Your focus is what changes everything. 

Outside your car, you are exposed to more of the world. More importantly, you have the freedom and capacity to let your mind wander. 

Healthiness aside, choose to slowly follow your mind's inspiration. 

The Country With Clean Air

When asked what they liked most about the United States, a group of Chinese tourists looked at each other as if they had already discussed the topic. 

The spokesperson looked up into the sky, opened her arms, and took a deep breath. 

"The Clean Air!," she said. 

This notion should impact you in some way for a multitude of reasons. 

The Smartest Guise in the Room

In this moment, there isn't a need to test IQ's. Instead, there's this sudden urge to survey body language and sense the honesty in the air. 

If we're all so great on our own, why are we even in this room together? 

The brainstorm session is often the biggest culprit. Ideas don't have to be loud to stand out. 

Whisper your truth if you have to. 

July 2018

This month, there will be a little bit of travel. For the most part, though, I'll be head down working on a handful of secret projects. Shhhh...

Here is what I have on my calendar for the month of July:

  • July 4th: 4th of July!
  • July 6th: Coheed and Cambria at Bayfront Park
  • July 10th: 3 Doors Down at Mizner Park
  • July 14th: Sam Smith at American Airlines Arena
  • July 19th: The Rocket Summer at Culture Room
  • July 23rd: Braves at Marlins
  • July 24th: Smashing Pumpkins at American Airlines Arena
  • July 25th: Glass Animals at Fillmore Miami
  • July 31st: Lauryn Hill at Bayfront Park

There are a lot of exciting events to look forward to this month. I'll try my best to stay out in the sun too long. 

What are you going to be up to?

What do you have planned in July?

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June 2018

It's summer already. That usually means a lot of travel and outside events for me. The Florida sunshine can be brutal, but it's the rain that keeps us from lounging outside by the pool all day. 

Here is what I have on my calendar for the month of June:

  • June 6th: Tesla Shareholder Meeting
  • June 6th: Netflix Shareholder Meeting
  • June 8th: David Blaine at Adrienne Arsht Center
  • June 15th: Allen Stone at Revolution
  • June 17th: Father's Day
  • June 22nd: Weezer at Coral Sky
  • June 29th: 30 Seconds to Mars at Coral Sky

There are a lot of great events scheduled for this month. I look forward to enjoying a great mix of music, sports, and performance entertainment this month. 

What about you?

What do you have planned in June?

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Ray Dalio's Principles.com

Here are three reasons why Ray Dalio's new Principles.com series of videos is fantastic and worth checking out right now:

  • Visual learning
  • Short and sweet (30 minutes)
  • Not a single element of greed

Seriously, go check them out now. Here's a taste:

“By engaging them in thoughtful disagreement, I’d be able to understand their reasoning and have them stress-test mine. That way, we can all raise our probability of being right.”

Raising More Funding Than You're Worth

I've come across a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs that are still in the idea or vision stage of their startup. Even if they're the only ones in the "company," they tell me they're taking meetings with investors to try to raise 1 million dollars (or more). 

To those that are in that boat, here is a recent response I shared via email:

Lowering the implied valuation and/or elevating the amount of equity you are offering is what will make the opportunity more compelling to an investor.

Think of it all as just a simple math problem. 

The amount you're asking for + the perceived business opportunity = current valuation

With the above formula, the amount you ask for is your future working capital, which you use to build (more) value into the company. But since you don't have any products or revenue yet, the amount you ask for is much more expensive than it would be if it were a post-revenue or post-user raise. 

For example, in order for an investor to get interested in something this early, they'd want at least 51% equity. That way, at least they'll have control of your great idea. For that, though, they won't even know how to evaluate your company without any financials, so they'll round up to some relatively low whole number like $50,000 and call it a day.  

Therefore, if you need $1 million, you better be worth at least that already. Otherwise, you either won't find an investor, or if you do, they'll be treating it more like a controlling acquisition of your idea/opportunity. 

If you are unwilling to accept such a low number, you need to PROVE how and why you're currently worth more than that. It's virtually impossible to raise any sum of money when you haven't built anything yet. No savvy investor will put more money into something than the entire company is worth. It would be considered a gift at that point. 

So my advice has always been to go out and create that value yourself. Now. 

  • Embody the brand you want to build everywhere you go.
  • Acquire a customer by forging a personal relationship with them. Repeat.
  • Learn to code (or build the product yourself).

Ultimately, there are plenty of better things to do today than to passively ask for capital. 

Your Own Version of Enough

Enough is designed to be relative. It's an imaginary line that tells us we're about to be overwhelmed with too much of something.

Enough should be made finite in your life. It can be based on what you think you need to survive.

  • How many pieces of furniture do you need in your home?
  • How much money do you require to live? 
  • How many close friends do you need to socialize with?

When these numbers match a real world value, you'll find great relief in life's simplicity. 

Having enough.... Now that's true success. 

Throw the Penny

I'm a believer in the notion that luck comes to those that prepare, show up, and remain open to receiving it. 

Good luck is having a penny in your hands while walking toward a fountain. 

All you can do is throw the penny. 

Leave the rest up to chance. 

Forever the Student, Forever the Teacher

Think back to that influential teacher during grade school. I bet you remember them clearly. 

Think about the mentor that welcomed you into the professional world. You'll never forget them. 

There's something always connecting our brains with those that impact us the most. We may look at our teachers as just that - someone that helps us learn, but an educational transaction is far more than that. 

Ask these inspirational teachers and mentors if they love what they do. I'd venture to guess that more than 95% (of the good memorable ones) will respond with a resounding "yes." 

Why is that?

Because they can trace their impact throughout eternity. They're making a mark on the world through human empowerment. They're leaving a legacy by proxy. 

It's a magical thing when inspired students feel this fulfillment by helping their peers. Once you experience the delightful overwhelm that is equipping others with tools to succeed, you will find more joy in your life and a purpose in your work. 

Completing the Circle

When you close a complete loop, you're right back where you started.

When you are able to see the end approaching, and you love the enclosure you're in, you might want to turn around. 

Turn around and keep enjoying the moment. 

May 2018

I'm going to spare you from the popular gif that will tell you that "It's Gonna Be May," but the fact that we are already in the fifth month of the year is laughable in other ways. Where is the time going? 

Here is what I have on my calendar for the month:

  • May 3rd-6th: Sunfest
  • May 6th: Darcy Lynne at Broward Center
  • May 11th: Mike Birbiglia at Parker Playhouse
  • May 12th: Nick Swardson at Parker Playhouse
  • May 13th: Braves at Marlins
  • May 16th: Jersey Boys at Broward Center
  • May 19th: Justin Timberlake at BBT Center

There are a lot of great events scheduled for this month. I look forward to enjoying a great mix of music, sports, and performance entertainment this month. 

What about you?

What do you have planned in May?

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There's This Bird

There's this bird that sits in a tree outside of my window every morning. Her subtle tweet sounds would normally be welcomed in any peaceful ambient environment, but as the first thing I hear, it serves as more of an alarm clock. 

She stays there, on the branch of the tree, for a few more hours - audibly chatting away with her surroundings. 

Then she leaves. 

This pattern repeats, and is essentially mirrored at the same time every single day.

This bird seemingly has no understanding of the construct of time. She moves and acts by feeling. 

And for whatever reason, she feels most comfortable in my tree in the mornings. 

Where does she go at around noon every day? I'm not sure. But I can guess that it's somewhere that she feels she is needed and welcomed. 

The Mountain

You don't have to be at the summit to experience great views. 

Just look out. Not down. 

Don't look back. Look up.

It's your natural craving for more that will keep your feet moving. 

Don't go beyond your limits, though. Take it slow. Take it easy. 

There are so many others that aren't even on this same mountain. 

Make your climb different. Make it count. 

Hollow Bodies

At the core, central to everything that functions, the heart is the engine. 

Without a single passion or purpose, the system finds contentment in its emptiness.

It's about much more than a storage vessel.

Even if it weren't, find a way to fill it to the brim.

A List of Obligations

The best way for a busy professional to find their true purpose is to strip obligations from their regimen one-by-one. 

After all, when we're truly being, we forget about what we're actually doing. The outcome is action without too much thought and stress.

Thus, when you remove one of those "things," the resulting feeling will either be a liberation or an emptiness. 

It's an experiment in the measurement of stress, but more importantly, it's a path to identifying what makes you whole. 

April 2018

We're already done with an entire quarter of 2018. With three quarters remaining, it's time to dig in and take a larger bite of the year. 

Here is what's happening this month in April:

  • April 16th: Netflix Q1 Earnings Call
  • April 19th: Minus the Bear at Culture Room
  • April 20th: Waitress at Broward Center
  • April 25th: Alphabet Earnings Call
  • April 26th: Foo Fighters at Coral Sky
  • April 28th: Rock Fest

There isn't too much going on this month compared to my usual calendar. I look forward to taking advantage of that fact by being as productive as ever. 

What about you?

What do you have planned in April?

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The Stimulus and the Response

With every conflict, there follows a decision. 

The decision is what to do, but how to do it. 

Conflict elevates emotion. It ruffles feathers. It boils the water.

Thus, the time it takes to look internally to understand the conflict at hand becomes most critical. 

  1. What just happened?
  2. How did it happen?
  3. How am I impacted?
  4. What is the best path to resolve it?

Without proper reflection in the moment, our lizard brains stop at the first step and hit the panic button. That's when we're exposed to the ugly side of the human temperment. 

Train your mind to observe and think through each moment. 

Don't let your fear ring the alarm. 

I'm sure you'll be able to look around and find some love instead. 

Love will get you to a resolution quicker. Always.