What is Your Angel List?

Make It Your Problem

Listening to Tim Ferris Show this morning; an interview with Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList (World’s largest online fundraising platform for startups). They talked about great investment opportunities and it prompted me to think about where I was investing. Where am I storing up my treasures, emotional, relational, time, intellect? Where am I investing myself?

I don’t like what I discovered. Ignorance is bliss. I am investing a lot of Bob in places/activities/ideas that don’t align with who I say I am and who I hope to be. There are a number of areas where I have skewed my spending but one in particular jumped to my attention. I spend time thinking about, worrying about, talking about politics. I have no real influence, no real expectation of change, and get no ‘enjoyment’ from partisanship. Why would I circle this toilet? Why would I read  commentary, listen to speeches, consider supporting…

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Does People Pleasing Lead to Impotence?

Make It Your Problem

So many times this past month (and for Canadians the next 10 weeks) I have witnessed someone sell their soul and give away a piece of themselves by not saying what they truly believe. I have heard statements made to appease, to please and to ease but very few that were even meant to tease the mind of the listener. Politicians, salespeople and fundraisers are all protecting their base and playing loose and easy with the truth and their individual values. In the short term, I think we all recognize when someone is polishing our apple and we lose a bit of respect for them. When someone gives me all their power I wonder what “is wrong with them?” In the long term, I have become cynical.

I distrust people I once admired and am looking for a breath of fresh air – a leader, a states-person, a courageous committed…

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Don’t Bother Responding To Ill-Intentioned Critics

Walking Through The Word

And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I…

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This I Believe (an act in progress)

Make It Your Problem

I was browsing podcasts yesterday and found “This I Believe” ; A public dialogue about belief – one essay at a time. The Jason Oda essay that I listened to was only about 10 minutes but masterfully done and has me thinking about uvisms (sorry you are going to have to listen). It also has me thinking about what my essay would say.

Would I write/speak about my faith in God? Would I expound on the capability of all people? Would “I believe in family” open the piece? I am still mulling the possibilities but will write a post soon but have concluded that my believes are an act in progress. If I went back to anything a 16 year old Bob wrote, I would probably be horrifies. At 26 I was deep in parent responsibilities and life was too chaotic to give time to pondering anything. 36 and 46…

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