The Power Of Daily Reminders (Rickey Henderson’s Un-Cashed $1m Check)

Baseball legend, Rickey Henderson, wanted to remind himself he “made it.”  He wanted, daily, to walk past the check for $1 million - from the Oakland A’s - marking the point his life changed forever.  And not just because of the amount of money, but because of the validation the check represented. So he framed … Continue reading The Power Of Daily Reminders (Rickey Henderson’s Un-Cashed $1m Check)

Podcast Of The Week: WTF Tony Hawk

The Tony Hawk documentary (Until The Wheels Fall Off) kicked my ass. It’s not just fan worship, and it’s also not whatever you’d call The Last Dance. It’s a story about life, families, trying hard, working harder, and how a little luck can do wonders for a persistent spirit.  I didn’t want the documentary to … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: WTF Tony Hawk

How A Deaf Football Team Turned Disadvantages Into Advantages

The California School for the Deaf made headlines in 2021. Their high school football team, never before on much of anyone’s radar except for as a thing that existed, made it to their division's state championship. Their story is full of lessons in how any disadvantage can be flipped to be an advantage. When asked … Continue reading How A Deaf Football Team Turned Disadvantages Into Advantages

Why Teams Bond (And How They Can Bond Stronger)

In my great tradition of watching things way after seemingly everyone else but me has seen them, I just got into Friday Night Lights. Yes, that means inevitably there will be a “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” post in the near future, but as of right now, I’m thinking of it (a lot) in … Continue reading Why Teams Bond (And How They Can Bond Stronger)

What The Super League Fiasco Can Teach Creators

Soccer fans the world over had a crazy week debating the Super League. Whether you live for the beautiful game or not, at the core of the story is the idea of artists, patrons, and the ceremony of performance and presentation. Davo from the Men In Blazers podcast put it brilliantly (emphasis added): This is … Continue reading What The Super League Fiasco Can Teach Creators

He Made A Few Billion, But Wanted To Talk About The Knicks

Coinbase made its public markets debut as a $100 billion dollar listing last week. Fred Wilson and his firm, Union Square Ventures, helped lead their Series A back in 2013. They turned 5 million into almost $5 billion over that period of time. The day Coinbase went public - what was Fred thinking about besides … Continue reading He Made A Few Billion, But Wanted To Talk About The Knicks

Podcast Of The Week: Bill Campbell’s Step-Daughter On What Made Him So Special

There may be no better person to explain Bill Campbell the man, and not just the legendary “coach of Silicon Valley,” than his step-daughter Kate “Katie-Kate” Bocci. Coaching Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and middle school girls powder puff football. How he proposed to her mom after finding out he had cancer. The stranger Kate met … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Bill Campbell’s Step-Daughter On What Made Him So Special

All Professionals Have Playbooks, Not Just Sports Teams

A playbook is a collection of patterns. A playbook says how to line up, how to proceed, where we expect the opposition to be, and how to handle them. All professional teams have playbooks. So should all professionals. John Chambers, the legendary CEO of Cisco, told Patrick O’Shaughnessy he’s a huge fan of playbooks and … Continue reading All Professionals Have Playbooks, Not Just Sports Teams