Take a moment to say hello today

We all live in our cocoons – our preferred foods, music, routes we take to work, and perhaps even the ideas we take for granted. What would happen today if you said hello to someone you didn’t know yet, or someone you haven’t talked to in far too long? It might be great – you…

Getting 800+ People to Ride for Diabetes is cool.

800+ Raised 300k for Diabetes. Awesome. On Saturday, I rode as part of a group of over 800 cyclists who raised money for Diabetes research in the American Diabetes Association’s annual Tour De Cure event in Redmond, WA. This was the 10th annual Tour in Seattle, and we raised almost $300,000 for the cause. I…

What I learned from a day as an elementary school volunteer

Dads and Dad-type figures are welcome in schools You can make a difference in a kid’s life. Yesterday, I learned that kids will give you high fives when you walk down the corridors of their school. They will enthusiastically participate in a gym relay and try to show you how great their reading is and…

Get more kismet, or making your own opportunity

Getting more opportunities to change your destiny might seem to be a dangerous choice if you are focused on loss aversion. But making more decisions (and creating additional ways to succeed and to fail) is another way of increasing your learning, opening more doors, and what Rand Fishkin calls “manufacturing serendipity.” To folks worried about…