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Do it Anyways

It doesn’t take much to be the guy in the room who says no to everything. It’s not hard work to identify the general excitement behind a new idea or the momentum of a new direction and call out all the possible ways it could fail. Anybody can do that. Any three year old kid with...

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What I Learned while Running on the Shores of Siam

I've reconvened on my green bench, watching the tide inch ever nearer with each wave. In two hours, the shoreline will evaporate and be submerged into the blueish-green billows of the Gulf of Siam. I am completely cognizant that this should not be surprising nor delightful as it is a daily and common occurrence...

What I Learned while Running on the Shores of Siamajleon

Good Enough

Last year when I was in California in the midst of remodeling and reinventing The Pegasus, I found myself standing at a bar in Azusa waiting for my morning double espresso at what has become one of my favorite coffee shops in the entire world. I stood there patiently, leaning on the counter, admiring the finger paint on...

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A List of 10 Essential Don’ts

We always give advice about what to do.  But sometimes I think knowing what not to do is much more helpful.  Here’s a list of 10 Essential “Don’ts” for people who were meant to change the world.   Don’t wait for permission. Don’t spend your life chasing money. Don’t quit because it hurts. (quit because you’re smart enough to launch the...

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Correlation does not Necessarily Imply Causation

Michael Jordan drank a bottle of red gatorade before each 50 point game. Casey  Neistat shot his amazing new film on a Canon 5d, and Dwight Shrute tweeted about it. Seth writes a blog post every single day, and has a gazillion page views per hour. ____ Just because two variables are legitimately correlated, does not necessarily imply any causal relationship between...

Correlation does not Necessarily Imply Causationajleon

Deliberately Small.

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. - Vincent Van Gogh The latte was immaculate. Certainly one of the finest I have ever tasted. And for a guy who has caffeinated himself in almost half of this planets' countries, that's saying something. But. For some reason that I couldn't quite...

Deliberately Small.ajleon

Keith Haring, Black Truffles & the Art of Context

From time to time, Melissa and I choose a city in the world we absolutely adore and plant ourselves there for exactly one day in what we have humbly christened a Legendary 24 Hours. It's one of our more peculiar nomadic practices, and has undoubtedly led to some of the most absurd and enchanting days...

Keith Haring, Black Truffles & the Art of Contextajleon

Happy Birthday Misfit: A Five Year Tale of Defiance

There are times when we sail so far off course, when our dreams are so far from reach that they appear but balmy glimmers violently strewn on a distant horizon which we will never pierce. When complacency and compliance, when safety and security have so entranced us, that gradual reform is no longer possible....

Happy Birthday Misfit: A Five Year Tale of Defianceajleon

The Absence of Fear is Not Courage

The absence of fear is not courage, it’s insanity. A soldier situated on the front lines who races into the fray of incoming enemy fire without a care in his heart is not courageous, he’s a lunatic. Now the soldier who looks at the situation, knows the danger, who’s heart races, who’s mind is screaming...

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Sixteen Simple Ways to Make Money and Lose Self Respect

In no particular order... 1. Take on any client that is willing to pay you. 2. Rob a bank. 3. Make and sell products you wouldn't be proud to own. 4. Never invest in yourself. Instead sock every last penny in a 401k that may or may not be there to greet you when you turn 65. 5. Start an underground...

Sixteen Simple Ways to Make Money and Lose Self Respectajleon

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