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I love this – if you ever feel complacent… Read the following.

“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.

Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”
― Jon KrakauerInto the Wild


Ray Lewis gave this speech to the Stanford basketball team before their NIT finals. Stanford went on to win that game as underdogs. When I get lost during the shuffle of everyday life I go back to this video. I’m posting it for myself so I can have it at arms reach. I hope this finds someone else and effects them as much it has effected me. I’ll always go back to that line… Effort is between you and you. I try and remind myself of this every morning. It’s about how well you do all the little things in life that make up a greatness. Thanks for the inspiration Ray Lewis.


“If tomorrow wasn’t promised – what would you give for today? Forget everything else.

Forget everything else. Forget that there was any sunlight left. What would you spend today…thinking about? Yourself? Or the man that’s beside you? Or the man that you know you’d give everything in your heart for? What would you think about? We get one opportunity in life. One chance at life. To do whatever you’re going to do. 

To lay your foundation and to make whatever mark you’re going to make. Whatever legacy you’re going to leave. Leave your legacy. And it’s found through effort. Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort, nobody can judge effort. 

Because effort is between you and you. Effort ain’t got nothing to do with nobody else. So that team that think they’re ready to see you… They think what they’ve seen on film… They ain’t saw what film shows. Because everyday is a new day. Every moment is a new moment. So now you’ve got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature – NOW – than I was five minutes ago. 

Because I’m pissed off for greatness. Because if you ain’t pissed off for greatness that means you’re okay with being mediocre. And ain’t no man in here okay with being just basic. So lets do what we do – TONIGHT. 

We ain’t got to worry about taking no breaks.”

– Ray Lewis


Real life blade runner Oscar Pistorius finished his last race at the 2012 Olympics. He finished in last place of the 400 meter semi-finals. What place he placed in didn’t matter. It’s the fact he got there is what makes it special. I honestly haven’t seen him race before last night. I only saw him as the guy with no legs out of context in Nike ads. It’s impressive to see a man run that fast in an advertisement. But when you put him on the worlds stage vs other guys. I finally saw everything in context. What he has achieved is amazing for any human being.

The courage to try for something when you know you don’t have what others have. To believe in yourself and see yourself in another context before anyone else can to me is why this guy is an inspiration.

The Korean Party rock is here… I can’t get this song and dancing out of my head so I decided to post and get it in your heads as well. #GANGNAMSTYLE

COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg  speaks to the 2012 class of HBS. Some of her advice is great.

Careers are not on a ladder anymore, it’s a jungle gym. There’s no steady climb anymore. It’s about finding opportunities that lets you grow, lets you make impact, and finding a company that has a true mission. It doesn’t matter what direction you move sideways, or down. The most important thing is about getting and building your skill sets. It’s NOT about titles and what you achieved before. It’s about what you can do right NOW.

– This is so true and I have experienced it. I realized when my career was on the right path it was when I didn’t care about my title and went after learning the most I can learn. I learned skill sets that I knew were important and would set me up for the future.

Be your authentic self. Bring your whole self to work. You don’t bring a professional self to work and a different one goes on weekend trips. This is true. I think it’s so true. From the designers standpoint what you have to leverage the most is yourself. Your insight to the problems and challenges at hand. You have to be yourself because that’s how you are able to solve problems for your clients in a more human way.

A man’s 23 year old journey around the world. What started out as a 18 month tour in 1989 has continued to this day. This is Gunther Holtorf’s incredible story.  Photography by Gunther Holtorf and David Lemke.

Directed by Adam Berg. MPC on vfx. Channeling Mario and Donkey Kong. 

Music video by Kalle Mattson the city shots in this video are amazing, especially the ones where the camera is spinnig around. These animated gifs of the city of SF are RAD.