On an episode of the Tim Ferriss Show, one of his guests, Ramit Sethi, talked about prenuptial agreements, or prenups, which are contracts signed before people get married that dictate rights to property and what happens after there is a divorce. They were both in favor of them. It was interesting. I don't mean that … Continue reading Have you ever considered a prenup?
When I started my first business eleven years ago, I wish I would have done this, too. Write. Let's be honest. I'm not the best writer. Throughout my academic career, I was a terrible student and worse with a word doc. When I was a sophomore in high school, my graded English papers came back … Continue reading How I conquer my fear of writing
The smells of New York City are usually the butt of a joke (which is often associated with the smell of a butt). But in the spring, there is something sweet in the air. It’s surprising. There are trees that are scattered all over downtown that have this refreshing scent that overtakes your senses, your … Continue reading In NYC, spring is in the air
Perfectionism doesn’t work in business. It's about progress. Trying to do something perfectly is overwhelming. Instead of just trying something, we don’t do anything because it wouldn’t be perfect. We are trapped by the ideal instead of just trying to work on the idea. And procrastination transforms into paralysis. Perfectionism paralyzes us. Progress is a … Continue reading Is perfectionism getting in the way of perfecting your work?
For years I've said that starting a business is like jumping off of a cliff and learning to fly. Somehow I flew. Rent wasn't cheap. It was 2008, and I was living in New York City. I was in my early thirties, single and stupid enough to leap off of a cliff without a parachute. … Continue reading What it’s really like starting a business
On our way home from school, a stream of neighborhood children cross at an intersection where a woman with a rich Latin-American accent greets every child by name as she helps them across the street every day. Dulce’s our crosswalk lady. She makes our neighborhood feel like home. Dulce’s always wearing her uniform and a … Continue reading What the crosswalk lady said unsettled me
My wife just gave birth to our second son at home (on purpose). And five days later, our pediatrician pushed us into the ER because our baby had a low temperature. We thought he was just jaundiced (something a lot of newborns get but can be easily treated with special lights). But we weren’t prepared … Continue reading Did our five-day old baby really need three spinal taps?
Pizza is life. I crave it, dream about it, long for it. NYC is one of the Meccas for the pie. And I don’t think it’s one of the reasons I moved my family to this city, but subconsciously, maybe it was. Eating a slice, as the grease seeps into the flimsy white paper plate, … Continue reading I ❤️ pizza
At the core of every business isn't money. It's relationships. Now, I don't mean that you need to go on a business retreat and hold hands with your coworkers as you dance around a campfire singing Kumbaya. But we can be practicing ways of relating to others that build mutual respect, trust, and maybe even … Continue reading The secret to dealing with people in business