Sunday Music: Misty Mountain Hop

The first time I read Tolkein was in middle school. Maybe The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were a bit much for a 6th/7th grader, but I was hooked. Hard. It didn’t hurt to have the Led Zeppelin connection either - obviously, this wasn’t just for nerds.  The second time I read the … Continue reading Sunday Music: Misty Mountain Hop

Want Wealth? Go Where The MBAs… Arent?!

Dan Rasmussen and Nicholas Rice at Verdad have a fascinating piece out called, “The MBA Indicator.” They studied which industries the graduating MBAs of Wharton have joined over time, and then tracked the stock performance of each sector in search of some correlation. What they found is that the more freshly-anointed MBAs were joining a … Continue reading Want Wealth? Go Where The MBAs… Arent?!

Podcast Of The Week: Impassioned Founders (New Favorite Podcast!)

I had seen David Senra referenced/retweeted/etc. a few times, but I didn’t think I needed another podcast about business founders.  Boy was I wrong.  Senra was on the Invest Like The Best podcast with Patrick O’Shaughnessy and let’s just say if you don't know him - start here.  All he does is read bios, make … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Impassioned Founders (New Favorite Podcast!)

Fail > Learn > Persist (USMNT’s Matt Turner)

The first time any national media outlet ever talked about current USMNT goalie Matt Turner, they reported this: NCAA goalkeeper commits an all-time great howler I hope everyone this guy knows gives him a hug every day for the rest of his life. Matt Turner is a goalkeeper for Fairfield, who plays in the MAAC … Continue reading Fail > Learn > Persist (USMNT’s Matt Turner)

Choose Your Own Teachers, Classrooms, And Adventures

I had a conversation with a buddy of mine last week about teachers and lessons.  He made the point we start off with teachers and in classrooms we don’t pick, like in our houses and at school.  The older we get, and the more autonomy we step into, the more we’re able to choose the … Continue reading Choose Your Own Teachers, Classrooms, And Adventures

Need A Sign From God? Here You Go (via Tems)

When Tems won “Best International Act” at the BET awards, she gave an inspirational speech on taking risks, choosing our role models, and getting from the dreaming to the doing:  Thank you so much. This is my first award show that I’m winning something, and I just want to use this opportunity to speak to … Continue reading Need A Sign From God? Here You Go (via Tems)

The Best Career Advice I’ve Ever Read

This is the best career advice I’ve ever read, via Josh Brown: Make yourself useful to smart, successful people. That’s how you should spend the first ten years of your career. Surround yourself with smart, successful people and then bet on them. That’s how you should spend the next ten years. And then you’re done, … Continue reading The Best Career Advice I’ve Ever Read

The Two Factors You Need To Be A Successful Professional

If you want to be a professional musician, it’s not enough to make great music.  You have to learn how to connect with an audience too.  Build skills. Build community. Success follows. You can be the best basement musician on the block. But without an audience, it's a hobby. We spend lots of time focusing … Continue reading The Two Factors You Need To Be A Successful Professional

Where Valentine’s Day Comes From, Why It Works, And How To Steal Its Formula

3rd-century Roman law was clear: Christians were to be persecuted. And Saint Valentine of Rome did not agree with the law. Here’s his story and how it connects to Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine was a priest, serving (illegally) the persecuted Christians of Rome. The charges against him would include marrying Christians, a real no-no because … Continue reading Where Valentine’s Day Comes From, Why It Works, And How To Steal Its Formula

Sunday Music: I Am Gonna Make It Through This Year If It Kills Me

Apparently, a few of you noticed I buried this song after all the Depeche Mode talk last week. You’re right, it deserves some highlighting of its own. John Darnielle is a special songwriter. In 2005, Darnielle wrote one of his more (most?) autobiographical albums. The Sunset Tree is largely about his childhood. He dedicated it … Continue reading Sunday Music: I Am Gonna Make It Through This Year If It Kills Me