John Adams Quote as He Neared Death

“There is a ripeness of time for death, regarding others as well as ourselves, when it is reasonable we should drop off, and make room for another growth. When we have lived our generation out, we should not wish to encroach on another.”

Luck

There is a very popular idea being pushed in America right now that success is really just being lucky. The idea claims that LeBron James was just lucky he has his genes… Not that he trained hard every day for a lifetime. The idea also claims a successful entrepreneur just got lucky to have perfect circumstances to lead to where they are.

I think this idea is clearly false. But I can debate that another day.

The question I wonder is what is the motivation of people pushing this idea? I have a feeling it is people who have failed in life not wanting to take responsibility for their actions. Or worse – it’s people who want to take from those who are successful and need a justification for their theft… 

Smartphones

Smartphones are incredibly addictive. I played a game with Laurel on the freeway when we went on a longer road trip a few weeks ago: Look in each car and see if the driver is on his phone.

Shockingly, probably 1 in every 3 drivers we saw driving on the freeway had their phone in one hand with the screen on and would check it frequently. When we hit slowdowns, probably 1 in every 2 LA drivers had their phone in their hands.

Smartphones and the apps on them like Facebook, Snap, Instagram, Pinterest, the games, etc are all getting more and more addictive all the time.

Traffic deaths have spiked because of smartphones and I think traffic deaths will continue to escalate rapidly until fully self driving cars are here.

Why is it easier to comparison shop restaurants then doctors?

You are suffering from chest pains. You go to the ER and are told that you have advanced heart disease and that you need to find a doctor to help you. What do you do next?

There are not many options to help you research and find the best doctor. You can’t see a history of success, there are not great review sites, there is no trusted large brand.

If you are looking for a restaurant (a $10 food purchase perhaps… compare that to $500,000 for heart surgery), you will find highly detailed reviews of prior experiences, public health department reviews of the cleanliness, etc. You will also have major brands like McDonalds which will provide you exactly the same burger every single time anywhere you go and ensure quality control is held to ridiculously high standards.

Your heart surgeon could be a terrible surgeon who kills 10x more patients than the average, but you will never know it. You can’t get any information or statistics comparing doctors. You will have a very hard time comparing hospitals.

Why is this? It is purposefully done by the doctor’s unions and hospital groups. It allows them to protect their profits at your expense.

 

Manchester by the Sea Movie

Laurel and I just watched Manchester by the Sea, a indie film about a troubled uncle and his nephew brought together after the brother / father dies.

I really like it and would recommend it. Laurel thought it was too depressing.

Huntington Library Tea Today for Anniversary

Laurel Is The Perfect Wife!

Tomorrow is Laurel and I’s one year wedding anniversary. We were married at the beautiful Altadena Country Club where her family has been a member for around twenty years.

The last year has had many ups and downs, and fortunately our marriage has been the source of the ups and has helped us through the occasional downs.

We have had lots of fun times together in the last year:

  • Going to Mexico for Jeremy and Dorothy’s wedding a week ago
  • Watching great shows like Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Rick & Morty
  • Our honeymoon in Kauai
  • Reading great books like “When Breath Becomes Air” and “Rising Son”
  • Talking about where to live long run, and what work Laurel wants to do

Laurel is very hard working and does an enormous amount to make my life better. She does all of our grocery shopping, she cooks me dinner every night, she helps keep the apartment clean, and she helps plan for the future.

I feel like she provides me the stable grounding so that I can continue to work hard every day to build my business.

I am even more excited today about the future of our marriage than I was even on our wedding day a year ago!

Jeremy’s Wedding in Tulum Mexico

Cleaning Out My Closet