1. Aug 7th, 2014 #

    Notes: 60

    Reblogged from brycedotvc

    Tags: people

    One of my rules of thumb is that whenever everyone agrees on something, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re wrong, but it almost certainly means that nobody’s thought about it.
    — Peter Thiel via brycedotvc
  2. And I feel that this stuff’s starting to be cool. And that feels good to me. Because I don’t like walking around with people thinking I’m doing uncool shit, because there’s nothing I’m doing that’s uncool. It’s all innovative. You just might not understand it yet. But it’s cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.
    — Kanye West interview in GQ
  3. Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and—what started here will indeed have changed the world—for the better.
    — from a recent commencement address by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven
  4. If a customer was particularly bad we exercised one of the only powers we possessed and “decafed” them. To covertly rob a caffeine-addicted asshole of their morning jolt was truly one of the sweetest pleasures of baristahood, and one that my subsequent professions haven’t come close to replicating.
    — excerpted from Inside The Barista Class
  5. Cal Newport: “Follow Your Passion” Is Bad Advice. I found this presentation thought-provoking (not simply provocative) and thoughtfully delivered.

    (Source: vimeo.com)

  6. You’re looking for three things, generally, in a person: intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.
    — Warren Buffett via Farnam Street
  7. All we have in life is our time. People struggle after success. They hunger for fame, fortune, and power. But in all of these things, the same question exists — what will you do with your time? How do you want to spend your days? As Annie Dillard reminds us, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

    In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.

  8. [Mr. Karp] grew up on New York City’s Upper West Side, the son of progressive parents who encouraged him to leave Bronx Science, a prestigious public high school, to focus on his passion: computers. The summer that he turned 15, Mr. Karp was interning as an engineer for the media entrepreneur and TV producer Fred Seibert, and his parents realized he was enjoying work a lot more than school. They “were the ones who caught it,” he says. “I remember very vividly: They came to my room and asked, ‘Are there any teachers you’re excited about this year?’ ” He says that he was oblivious to what they were getting at, admitting, “I never know when somebody’s angling for something.” When he answered his parents’ question in the negative, they told Mr. Karp that he could continue his internship instead of going back to school.

    I think that this is one of the most powerful things parents can do: recognize their kids’ own interests and talents and encourage them to pursue them fully. I hope to have the chance to help Katie (and any siblings) similarly.

    (And I don’t care that David Karp made $250 million by selling Tumblr, the key is that he got to fully pursue things that interested him.)

    (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

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    Katie’s first hike, an easy cruise through Buffalo Park in Flagstaff. So good to be outside. (at Buffalo Park)

    Katie’s first hike, an easy cruise through Buffalo Park in Flagstaff. So good to be outside. (at Buffalo Park)

  10. Cost of an American Wedding (and Statistical Illiteracy)

    This is inconsequential, but the median figures were interesting to me after hearing the average cited for years. And, it’s wedding season.

    In 2012, when the average wedding cost was $27,427, the median was $18,086. In 2011, when the average was $27,021, the median was $16,886. In Manhattan, where the widely reported average is $76,687, the median is $55,104. And in Alaska, where the average is $15,504, the median is a mere $8,440. In all cases, the proportion of couples who spent the “average” or more was actually a minority. And remember, we’re still talking only about the subset of couples who sign up for wedding websites and respond to their online surveys. The actual median is probably even lower.

    — from Slate