@Drinkycrow Your reaction is a great example of how art can inspire very strong yet very different responses from different people. Millions of people have been inspired by Karen X Cheng's learn to dance video because it shows what is possible with great effort and courage.
5 days, 15 hours ago on These 3 Federal Government Jobs Might Actually Just Change Everything
@BenNesvig Thanks Ben. I still do play some video games because of the agency involved (versus a passive experience in TV) but I realize that many of the feelings of productivity and achievement are imaginary. Like drinking Diet Coke.
1 month, 1 week ago on This Beautiful Quote Sums Up How Creators Think About Time
@kevingao1 It's true. Inertia is a huge challenge to overcome when you are still, but once you get starting, it works for you.
@Chris Cairns Definitely. I mean it's a total body transformation - he is super stacked. Jumping 42 inches when you are only 65 inches is pretty insane.
2 months, 1 week ago on How many people do you know who are 5’5″ and can dunk a basketball?
@Yidke And even if you still disagree, thanks anyway for writing a thoughtful comment!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Don’t Start Sentences with “Soooo” and Other Things I Learned at Toastmasters
@Yidke I think the idea is that "Sooo" is a filler word we use like "Um", "Ah". They fill air space yet add little to no informational content. It's like verbal clutter, and it's particular egregious when we are starting a sentence since you can usually choose to a start a sentence however you'd like.
If you are asking a question, why not say - "Let me ask you (all) a question: Why did the Egyptians decide ...". That indicates quitely clearly the question part, and should read of "Sooooooo, why did the Egyptians..."
@James McBryan That's a pretty awesome idea - to redirect the Toastmasters speech ladder toward startup folks. I'd be happy help if you have an open-to-edit Google Doc or hackpad or something to collaborate on. Though I'd say a lot of the hardest speaking skills are around conversations - how do you steer a conversation the way you want to.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Don’t Start Sentences with “Soooo” and Other Things I Learned at Toastmasters
@TimZhu Thanks for the thought Tim! Someone recently told me that Toastmasters "wasn't for people like me" which I guess was a compliment? But I agree that everyone can and should be able to improve.
@GilHildebrand Easier on your legs, harder on your core. No way to do it "slowly" when fatigued. Either you have enough explosiveness or you don't.
4 months ago on Are These The Hardest Pushups Ever?
@MYManning Unfortunately I don't think are for sale. But if you're an awesome user / promoter of Lift, you might try budding up to their community manager Erin Frey. =)
@kevingao1 We'll see how training goes, but agree it'd be sweet. =)
@pjcgwu Thanks! Is there a specific effect you are referring to or just that everyone goes to HH? Also have been meaning to check out 1776 and dropped into some tech meetups on Drupal and Ruby, but not much otherwise.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Reflections from an SF Tech Entrepreneur After One Month in Washington DC
@micah63 Haha - but then what would you do with it? =)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Reflections from an SF Tech Entrepreneur After One Month in Washington DC
@tannerc thanks for sharing! Certainly there is a concern that working hard on its own isn't enough since you might doing the wrong thing.
But there are a lot of areas in life when going above and beyond is clear (or where a better approach is easily learned). Too often though we just consume & consume, without actually doing something about what we've learned. Is there any area you see people particularly needing guidance?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Go Above the Bare Minimum?
@tannerc thanks for sharing! Certainly there is a concern that working hard on its own isn't enough since you might doing the wrong thing. But there are a lot of areas in life when going above and beyond is clear (or where a better approach is easily learned).
Too often though we just consume & consume, without actually doing something about what we've learned.
Is there any area you see people particularly needing guidance?
@Flamingoo Congrats - Flamigoo - through a random drawing,you're the winner! Can you email me at email@example.com with your address so I can gift you Decisive?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Your Big Decision? (My 27th Birthday Giveaway)
@GilHildebrand Thanks Gil! L Seats on rings are WAY harder.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on FitChal #6 (Pretrained) – Max L-Seat Hold
Anant shared this via email as well, so thought I'd put it here.
Belated happy birthday Jason! I was entering business school when I turned 26 and shall be 28 this september. Anyway the biggest lesson I have learned is no amount of planning will guarantee success and its very important to take chances.
For eg, some of the roles I interviewed for which did not come my way, in hindsight if I offered to work for these companies for free for 2/3 months would probably have led to a better outcome and they most probably would have allowed me to work for them. But this option never occured to me after having graduated and an EMI to pay towards my student loan.
The practice of volunteering to work for free is not prevalent in India but by now I would have been better off. With the financial pressure, it might be too late now. But as my personal motto I'll Never Give In! Cheers - Anant
6 months ago on What’s Your Big Decision? (My 27th Birthday Giveaway)
Tarique emailed me this and I wanted to drop it in here:
Two years before while I was struggling without any saving, made up my mind to start my own business.I decided to abandon my job and starting the venture. Now after two years I am much better with my growing business. I am proud of my decision.
@BSaltlakelovely Great story BSaltlakelovely! Deciding to change again is tough too because you're forced to admit you were wrong about the initial change. But it sounds like you've found a better fit so good for you! I was a bio major too - I don't really use it as much in my work today, but I'm glad I studied it.
6 months, 1 week ago on What’s Your Big Decision? (My 27th Birthday Giveaway)