“Make Something of Myself”

“I feel this constant pressure to make something of myself,” relates one young person, who now works at a startup after interning at an investment bank.  “Even during celebrations, it’s like we’re all plotting the next competition. My friends have a ton of ambition and no clear place to channel it. I get the sense that we’re all trading happiness to run a little faster, even if we’re not sure where.”

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How to Win the Internet

I’ve traveled around to the many campuses @ The Iron Yard and have given this talk, in person, to hundreds of our students. It is an absolute joy to do and I believe the presentation is much better in person.

But, I am unable to infinitely scale myself so putting together an online workshop and seminar made more sense. Too bad as I don’t get to give all my completely random and seriously-awkward jokes… … oh, wait, that’s probably a good thing.

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That Looks Staged

Another child’s bedroom in Los Angeles was suspiciously tidy with a stylish airplane mobile hanging down. “That looks staged,” an anthropologist observed, and the team discussed what that might mean. These were children who were driven everywhere in SUVs with carefully managed after-school activities. The researchers noted that the moms were also “staging” their children’s development.

They were trying to shape children who were creative, fun, outgoing, humorous, intelligent, and quiet all at the same time.

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The Great (Incorrect) Disappointment

First day of the new gig. You walk in the building knowing practically no one. Everyone is pleasant and nice… almost too nice. Everyone (including you) are not quite themselves because everyone understands the power of the first impression so they’re watching every single move and attempting to interpret how these moves might be perceived. It’s exhausting and it doesn’t reflect the natural steady state of the team.

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