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Living Versus Existing

Living versus Existing

Over the past year or so I have watched a number of video lectures from Rabbi Manis Friedman on YouTube. His clarity and insights have been very helpful for me in many different aspects of my life. Given that it was just Thanksgiving and it is a time to reflect on gratitude and giving I thought I would share one of his insights and how it has impacted my life and philanthropic endeavors. 

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A Memorable Cab Driver and Eavesdropping in Austin

cab driver Austin

I was in Austin a couple of weeks ago and had a very interesting cab driver who looked like one of the wild and crazy guys from the classic Saturday Night Live skits played by Dan Ackroyd and Steve Martin as the two brothers from Czechoslovakia.

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Find a Game and Get in the Game

Failure to Launch or Find Yourself

I was talking to my daughter about a few college graduates that seem to me as if they fall into the category of “failure to launch”. Well, maybe they have launched but they have not reached escape velocity to reach an orbit of independence (and I don’t just mean financially) and growth.

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Got Gold?

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With the Chinese weakening their currency, the pound under pressure due to Brexit, and the Euro depreciating due to poor economic fundamentals and demographic trends, it seems like we’re in a phase of monetary policy in which currencies are factoring in much more significantly when it comes to interest rate policy.

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Kevin Durant and the Power of Grudges and Adversity

A lot of people have become quite successful from a career and financial perspective by seeming to always have a chip on their shoulder. There was some slight, insecurity, or need for total dominance that feeds the creation of enemies to fuel their drive and success. I have been listening to Michael Ovitz’s autobiography on Audible and this was clearly the case for him as his goal at CAA was total domination of the agency industry.

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Pop Philosophy & David Hasselhoff: My Tribute to Ariella

Ariella Carmell Dead & Company Chicago 2019

From time to time Ariella and I engage in some very deep conversations which I always find so enjoyable and stimulating. In light of these interesting discussions, she thought we should consider having a podcast and call it Pop Philosophy. Maybe this will launch a new category called popcasts.

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My Tribute to Roneet at Pardes Institute

Roneet Tribute at Pardes

The following is a recap of my tribute to Roneet delivered at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, May 2019

May 7, 2019, would have been my 30th anniversary with Roneet. We met towards the tail end of her senior year at UCLA.

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Happy Birthday Roneet

The Roneet Carmell Memorial Endowment Fund

Last Friday was Roneet’s birthday. She would have been 55. I thought this would be an appropriate time to discuss ways I have tried to honor her.

As I’ve gotten older and have had more resources available in which to invest in other people and organizations,

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In Sickness and Health

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It was a year ago that Roneet and I, along with her parents went on a trip of a lifetime. We took a five-week cruise that stopped in 11 countries in Africa and Asia. I am so glad that we took that trip as we were able to spend such a glorious time together and I ended up with such beautiful memories and hundreds of pictures to remind me of our special time.

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Mastery Often Starts at Home - Proud Father

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In the melancholy song Black Peter, Jerry Garcia sings:

See here how everything

Lead up to this day

And it’s just like

Any other day

That’s ever been

This post is about a proud father acknowledging his daughter,

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