January 31, 2020 § 1 Comment
A great friend, Tim Winders, has started a great podcast called “Seek Go Create”. Our conversation can be found at the link below. He begins with asking me about the new book “That Will Never Work” (Netflix founding story) and he masterfully helps me share my Silicon Valley experience over the last 30 years with a focus on topics such as “Risk Culture”, the Silicon Valley “underbelly”, my time at Mozilla, and ending with some of my thoughts on Leadership, Teams, Integrity and Trust.
Maybe a good “listen” on your next commute? or simply save it in your podcast library and come back to it.
July 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
WHY DOGS LIVE LESS THAN HUMAN ? ANSWER OF A 6 YEAR OLD
I found this anonymous story on the web. It speaks a powerful truth….
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live.
He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?”
The Six-year-old continued,
”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
The moral of the story of a dog’s life?
- Live simply.
- Love generously.
- Care deeply.
- Speak kindly.
- Be loyal.
- Never pretend to be something you’re not.
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
- Take naps; Stretch before rising.
- Run, romp, and play daily.
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
On any given day:
- On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
- On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
- When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
March 8, 2013 § 1 Comment
Listen carefully to this video – It’s Easy! Addition/Subtraction – You don’t have to be a genius.
How old is your child? Are they learning coding? When will you start learning?
- Bill Gates – 13 years old when he started
- Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) was 12 yrs old (6th grad)
- Jack Dorsey (Square) – 8 yrs old
1st Programs They Wrote? – Very easy ones…..
- Tic-Tac-Toe (Bill Gates first program)
- What’s your favorite color (Drew Houston – Dropbox)
- Simply making something fun for myself and my sisters (Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook )
“Coders change the world. They build new, amazing things faster than ever before. Anyone with imagination can learn to write code.“
“Programming is how we talk to the machines that are increasingly woven into our lives. If you aren’t a programmer, you’re like one of the unlettered people of the Middle Ages who were told what to think by the literate priesthood. We had a Renaissance when more people could read and write; we’ll have another one when everyone programs.“
“If you can program a computer, you can achieve your dreams. A computer doesn’t care about your family background, your gender, just that you know how to code. But we’re only teaching it in a small handful of schools, why?“
What’s Wrong With This Picture?
More Perspective and Perspective from Mozilla in this video. Coding, Scouting, and Camping compared….a powerful idea.