Do you remember the stage in the distance at the end of the last video?
I’m there now, writing this on my iPhone. There is a concert, classical music, a mixture of Western and Eastern instruments are being played. I am laying down on the grass, surrounded by smiling faces playing frisbee and soccer, blowing bubbles and laughing in every language I’ve ever heard. Children chase each other between the trees, young lovers nestled against the trunk whisper secrets.
I close my eyes and I think this would be a fine moment to die. It is not hard to imagine that this is what heaven might be like. The music changes and I begin to visualize a portal opening from a line at the top of my temple running down my body. Out of it comes all of my dreams and hopes for myself, my fears and my weaknesses, my friends and my enemies, my assets and my liabilities. I let them float there for a while, just appreciating the components that make up my life. I begin to move them around.
The MC just announced that the next orchestra is from Taiwan and will be playing an African symphony.
I move the pieces around and around, look at them from different angles, try different combinations. I experiment with taking some pieces off of the board. I introduce new pieces. I keep it small. I keep it tight. No single purpose elements. No mercy for non- performing assets.
A random kid just ran up behind me and grabbed my shoulders. He had huge eyes and a toothless smile. I smiled back and he ran off, mission accomplished. I am not making this up.
The pieces can wait.
I hope you guys enjoy this video of me exploring the Singapore Botanical Gardens. I still have a lot of improvements to make before these videos are on the level of quality I am looking for. Just little changes like holding the camera in landscape v. portrait orientation make such a big difference. Your comments, feedback and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated!
I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am to you for reading these words, right here, right now. The human desire to be understood is a powerful one.
The first article I remember reading in my first psychology class was a piece on “ontological insecurity.” I don’t remember the author or the name of the piece, but they are both very famous. He describes people suffering from the feeling that every conflict, every argument is an affront to their very existence. People, somewhere deep down inside, harbor a fear that they do not exist.
If imaginary fears can cause real reactions, what human terrors are capable of being produced by this insecurity? What triumphs?
In business, we are accustomed to this feeling because manifesting reality is our job. Business without risk is only management. Risk without belief is futility. Belief without faith is insincere, and faith without intimacy is impossible.
The businessperson who will not take ownership of his/her project is not incapable of success, but their reality will cease to exist when confronted with a more powerful one. Think of the ontological security it took for Mark Zuckerberg to say no to the first billion dollars he was offered for Facebook.
Some time ago I saw a documentary about young female boxers. One boxer was talking about how she gives her entire life to boxing, and she expects the same from her opponent. Thus when one boxer defeats the other, she destroys not only her winning record, but her entire identity.
So then I ask myself if I am willing to put my entire identity in the ring. To believe I am capable of something and risk everything to prove it.
There are some days that are easier than others, but I thank you for sharing this moment with me.
Watch me meander confused through one of the swankiest hotels in Singapore and catch up with an old college friend on the rooftop bar. Abrupt ending unfortunately, I am still getting used to narrating to myself in front of my phone while others watch!
When I learned that my classmate at the University of Cape Town, Vincent, was the chief engineer for a biomass powerplant in South Africa, I had to see it for myself. In this video we visit his place of work to see how electricity can be made from the waste produced when sugarcane gets turned into sugar. This is the kind of thing that really gets me going.
I can definitely say this was one of the best times I’ve ever had! Mzoli’s of Cape Town: the sound is terrible, but I really want to do more of this kind of thing, reviewing a really great and unique business that people in the USA don’t get to see every day.
If you are interested in business, how can you not be interested in seeing some of the most unique businesses in the world?
Before I left for Singapore, I got to stay with my friend Brian in Chicago for a few days. Brian was one of my best friends at Georgetown so it was really great to catch up with him. Always the independent spirit, Brian works for himself as a day-trader of commodities futures. Check out this little peek into his world.