Sometime in the early 2000s — in the days before we could record video with our cell phones, my wife got me a video camera for Christmas. I was so enamored with this toy, I took it around with me everywhere (much to the embarrassment of my friends), and recorded everything that happened in my life.
At the end of the year, I edited the endless hours of tapes down to a single video in which I told the story of that year and how I had evolved. …
Begin a journey back through your childhood, and walk yourself through with the eyes of your child-self experiencing your upbringing.
You’re born and raised in the early 1970s in an idyllic middle-class suburb just outside of Los Angeles, well isolated from not only the urban sprawl that is LA, but from the sources of history and culture that formed our nation — places like New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Boston…
As you grow up and go to school, you learn about what it means to be an American from school, from your parents, and your church. You…
Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Judaic calendar. It is known as the “Day of Atonement”.
I was born Jewish, but I don’t consider myself a practicing Jew for a number of reasons, mostly utility over religiosity (is this useful to me?) And as those are my own choices, I honor the choices of everyone else.
Regardless of one’s choices, I find value in this holy day and the idea of atonement. The concepts of forgiveness and atonement are worth discussing.
Atonement means acknowledging you may have been wrong in your thoughts and deeds and asking for…
Last week, I told you my 9-year-old daughter tested positive for COVID-19.
I am glad to report she is symptom-free, and as long as she remains so, she can return to school on Tuesday. I want to thank everyone for their concern and for reaching out — and for the axolotl pictures!
This is the best outcome, and for that I am happy, but I would have been happier if it never happened at all.
I’m less interested in the decisions people make than the thought process they use to make those decisions.
With every interaction I have with people, I am evaluating them. I evaluate their sincerity. I evaluate not only their cognitive ability but their emotional intelligence. Mostly, I’m evaluating their thought process.
If somebody is selling a product, how do I know they are for real? How do I know their product is any good?
Testimony from others? Perhaps. If I trust the people offering testimony, that might have some weight. …
“Mike, wake up. A plane crashed into the World Trade Center,” my roommate Chris stood over me, delivering the news.
I groaned angrily, disrupted from my sleep. “What time is it? What’s going on?”
“It’s six. A plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York,” he repeated.
“That was stupid,” I yawned, barely awake. “What was it, a single-engine?”
“Airline. The building is on fire. It’s bad.”
“Hmph. That sucks. Hey, I think I remember reading about a bomber crashing into the Empire State Building during World War II. These things happen, I guess.”
And with that, I…
Last week, my daughter’s 4th-grade class was quarantined because 3 people tested positive for COVID.
Today she tested positive.
I’ve always felt we should take whatever measures we possibly could to protect ourselves and the people around us, so I’ve been a strong advocate for getting vaccinated and wearing masks.
But I’m also aware that not everyone shares my view on this, including some of my closest friends, so I’ve tried to be conscious and respectful of people’s feelings, and have chosen not to discuss it.
I don’t feel I can do that anymore.
After losing coworkers and friends to…
Twenty years ago, I bought my first condo, with barely a penny to my name. Over time, I grew that single investment into a business, scaling up over time. I’m now in the process of scaling again to my next apartment complex.
The first thing you should know about real estate investment is this: It is a Get Rich SLOW scheme. That said, it can be very lucrative, if you are willing to put in the time and effort.
Here’s the great thing, though — you don’t even need any of your own money to begin! …
When I was younger I began the habit of connecting people together.
If I knew two people who had a common interest, I’d introduce them. However, back then oftentimes the only thing they had in common was ME.
So, I made a critical mistake there.
A couple mistakes, actually.
The first mistake wasn’t that I introduced people with nothing in common, because sometimes amazing relationships can start that way.
It was that I made myself the center of everyone’s universe, in that everything revolved around me. I created a Mike-centric universe. That was the wrong thing to do because my…
Death is a difficult topic. Why are we so afraid of it?
For a lot of us, it’s the concept of change. When we lose someone, our life changes. And it’s going to be hard to imagine living without that person. The same goes for a lot of changes in life. We have to venture into unknown territory and leave what we knew behind.
Someone once said to me “The boy must die so the man may live.” That made me think about a concept I heard this morning — “dying INTO”.
In order to evolve, we have to give…