Posts Tagged ‘life lessons’

My Video Interview with Paul Streitz, the Blue-Collar Buddha

January 3, 2012


I had the pleasure of working with entrepreneur Paul Streitz on his new book, Blue-Collar Buddha. I hope you enjoy our three-part video interview.

You can read a sample chapter from Blue-Collar Buddha at the end of this blog post.

Click here to order your copy of Blue-Collar Buddha.

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As founder and CEO of Advanced Lighting Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of LED and fiber optics used in entertainment and architectural lighting, Paul Streitz established himself as an industry visionary and the go-to-source for high-tech, high-touch creative lighting solutions for everything from the Grammy (more…)

It Is Necessary to Suffer Some Defeats

August 18, 2011

Our greatest lessons are often embedded in our greatest pain. We cry to the heavens, unaware that we are growing stronger and wiser even as we plead for mercy.

We rarely gain a high or larger view except as it is forced upon us through struggles which we would have avoided if we could.
Charles Horton Cooley

You would not be the person you are today if you had never been brought to your knees by the vicissitudes of life.

If life teaches us anything, it may be that it’s necessary to suffer some defeats. Look at (more…)

Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech at Stanford

December 12, 2009

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, gave this commencement address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005. Reading it through, you will see why it has become the gold standard for commencement speeches.

It is frank, authentic, inspiring, rooted in wisdom and packs an emotional wallop. Jobs talks about how life unfolds in ways that may leave us disoriented and dispirited, but ultimately brings us to where we need to be as long as we continue to listen to our intuition and follow our heart.

Jobs’ words are a powerful reminder to live each day with joy, faith and the knowledge that everything that happens makes sense whether or not we understand it at the time.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months, but (more…)