Oh, the irony. Recently on Facebook, I was presented with a memory from nine years earlier. It was a picture from my birthday dinner with a pile of phones strewn across a table. It was almost as if there were a sign that directed people to the table with instructions to leave their phone behind.
It was December 8th, 2010 and we were once again in Paris for the annual gathering of the geeks at LeWeb organized by Loic and Geraldine Le Meur. It was my 40th birthday and since we were all in town, an incredible group of friends gathered at Café de la Paix for what was an unforgettable dinner. Even though we were all friends, everyone was in their own way, an early pioneer in tech, representing the “Silicon Valleys” of their respective countries. …
Time is constant, life is not. Yet, we live in a time where busyness is pervasive and we make decisions as if life, like time, is constant.
How many times has someone asked, “how are you?” only to respond, “busy.” And many times, the response back is something along the lines of “tell me about it” or “same.”
The truth is that there’s never enough time if you don’t make the time. It’s something we all know. But oftentimes, we lose touch with the weight and urgency of life’s priorities. Sometimes we have to focus on what’s most pressing or critical. …
“There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” — George Orwell, 1984
I’d landed in Hamburg, Germany after speaking at an event in Copenhagen. I was exhausted but incredibly inspired. Even though I keynote events all around the world almost on a weekly basis, I still get nervous. I know my work. I know why I do what I do. There’s always a hope that the message and inspiration behind it will resonate with people. Uncertainty is just constant. But, it keeps me motivated, honest and earnest. …
On February 22, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Greg Nibler of the daily video podcast Digital Trends Live about my upcoming book, Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life. (Video at the end.)
Digital Trends is a Portland, ORE technology news, lifestyle, and information website that publishes news, reviews, guides, how-to articles, descriptive videos and podcasts about technology and consumer electronic products. They help readers and those who tune into their programming keep tabs on the fast-paced world of tech with all the latest news, fun product reviews, insightful editorials and sneak peaks.
On the show, I talked about my work over the last 20 years studying disruptive technologies and their impact on business and markets. But more so, I focused on the irony (and reality), that somewhere along the way, I fell victim to those very technologies. …
“Without order nothing can exist-without chaos nothing can evolve. Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” — Oscar Wilde
The more I have, the more I risk losing.
The more I live, the more I learn the price of loss.
The more I appreciate life, the more I take its brilliance and certainty for granted.
Sometimes, you don’t get to keep what you have or worked so hard to earn. Sometimes, your faith and convictions are belittled and made to feel less or unimportant. …
I stumbled across it online recently and even though it was taken five (wow!) years ago…I was abruptly flooded with memories (and emotions) of my season in New York and my life in general during this time. It’s strange. I remember exactly what I was thinking the moment this picture was taken.
At the time, I was in New York so often, I seriously considered renting a small apartment to maintain a bi-coastal presence and with it, a bi-coastal lifestyle. …
A moment if you will…away from everything else.
Sometimes I wonder how I got here. If I had to be honest, I would say that none of it was intentional. And if I had to be fully transparent, there were many throughout my life who believed I wouldn’t amount to much. There was a time when I believed them. I let it define me. The truth is that I still think about it from time to time.
Am I supposed to be here?
How do I earn the right to stay here?
I’m not sure when or where or how, but something clicked along the way. I should say that it’s still clicking. …
With every action, we expect an equal or greater reaction.
Those reactions reshape positive and constructive feedback loops into shallow praise and subconscious attempts at microdosing; unleashing oxytocin (‘cuddle’ hormone), dopamine (reward/reinforcement), endorphins (positive/pleasure), serotonin (significant/important) to feel better in the moment.
Feedback loops can evolve into chemical loops and dependency. Too much, results in addiction to whatever behaviors trigger the increase of those feelings. And, each time, you and your followers are pulled away from their attention or focus to feel and react to microdoses, they and you are not only experiencing hits but also are becoming conditioned to expect regular interruption and distraction. …
There’s not a day that goes by where I am not shocked by how ready parents are to thrust distractive technologies into the hands of their children.
2 years-olds in shopping carts using phones while their parents shop (and also look at their phones).
Toddlers at restaurants with tablets and headphones.
Children riding scooters and bicycles while looking at phones
That’s just some of the things I see on a daily basis.
But, we can’t blame it on the youth.
How do you define success?
Job title? Income? Assets? Status?
I’m realizing that the meaning of “success” I learned as a child, which was also reinforced throughout mylife, is (too) strongly based on hierarchy, exclusion and material things.
I’m now unlearning these standards and aspirations while rediscovering my purpose. This time, I will do so intently, with an awakened understanding of success and what it means to be truly happy…one that is more mindful, empathetic, loving and present.
#WDYSF — What do you stand for?
Photo Credit: @ThomasBarzano, “A Man and His Drone.”