The Trust Equation 

This is another homage to Emotional Equations as I referred to in an earlier post. I’ve been using this equation for thinking about how we build trust within our organizations and within our relationships. And it simply comes down to a simple equation. It looks like this: 

What you actually do / What you say you’ll do

The higher the fraction, the better. If it is 1, then you really keep true to your word and people believe what you say. If it is less than one, that’s a different story. The lower the fraction, the lower the value of your word. Understanding this balance is key. People are always comparing what you say with what you do. They might not track it in a formal way with an equation, but they’re still doing it. That’s why even on a Friday evening, I’m keeping my word and making sure I get my daily post in. Even if the trust building is with myself and no one in particular.

The Underrated Long Game

My new belief on how long I should hold stock and the best companies I investment in is forever. – Sam Altman

Sam Altman is one of those people that you wonder how he has accomplished so much for his age. He’s the President of Y Combinator, an incubator which has developed some of the companies that have had the most profound effects on how our world operates. The macro effect of all the Y Combinator companies is hard to measure. If you want to see the extensive list of them, see here. In the clip below, Sam explains his thoughts on “How To Build The Future”:

One of the few arbitrage opportunities left in the market is time. I think we have gotten good at the price of things. We have gotten worse at the long-term value. I don’t think you can go beat the market in a lot of ways. The one way I do is by making a long-term commitment to something. In a world where people are increasingly focused on the quarterly earnings cycle, you should try and go in the opposite direction.

We can blame technology, the media, parenting or a mixture of them all, but we live in a short-term driven society. It is increasingly rare to find those that consciously strive to look out 5, 10, or 20 years down the road. It takes deep courage—courage I know I haven’t developed yet. Watching that clip and thinking about how to value time horizons reminded me of this 10,000 Year Clock I stumbled upon awhile back. The designer, Danny Hillis, wanted to bring inspiration to “generational thinking,” so he designed this clock in a mountain that ticks once every year. Talk about long-term vision!

I’m very optimistic about the future. I’m not optimistic because I think our problems are small. I’m optimistic because I think our capacity to deal with problems is great. – Danny Hillis

In a time when we’re facing truly large issues such as human-caused climate change, we need more people like Sam Altman, Danny Hillis, and Elon Musk who look longer term at our place in history. Because so few are veering out far enough in the future is why we need it the most.

Where’d All The Inspiration Go?

Where do you go for inspiration? Quick, answer the question without reading on….

 

 

Answer the question without googling “inspiration.”

 

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Don’t look down at your instagram.

 

 

Focus!

 

 

Answer the question!

 

 

Remember, there is no right answer.

 

 

What’d you come up with?

If you made it this far and answered remotely with some truth, then you’re on the right track.

Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes it is right in front of you. Sometimes you have to dig deep. Sometimes you waste so much time looking for the inspiration that you wash away any attempt at finding it.

Google may bring you to inspiration, it may lead you astray. The power of google is a double edged sword. With it comes so much knowledge, the vastness is beyond comprehension. The ease of access, the freedom to keep searching for the answer actually debilitates our own thinking.

The search result is the temporary plug for a hole that can never be filled. Inspiration doesn’t come from a search, it comes from knowing not to search.

Leave google for 3 days, see how you do.

Then leave a comment below.

The Blog I Should Have Started 7 Years Ago

Welcome. You’re reading my first official post. 7 years too late. Today, August 30th, 2016. September 09, 2016. I have been wanting to start this blog for a long time. In fact, I have written down “start blog” on at least twenty different to-do lists of mine.

Who am I?

I’m an inquisitive, curious entrepreneur and attorney based in Miami, FL. If I had to sum it up, I think ultimately I am a storyteller. My medium currently happens to be writing on this blog, but eventually it will grow into many things. Come back and see what I’ve been up to.

Blog Goals

Starting something you’re passionate about always seems daunting at first. However, it is the maintenance that creates true value. It is where growth happens and we form those habits to increase our abilities. For instance, you don’t have to complete a full-feature film to be a producer. You only need to start a 30 second movie production. Then repeat. Wash and repeat. After awhile, you’re doing full shorts. It seems so simple, it sounds ridiculous to sum it up in writing here. Nevertheless, we like to make things seem more complicated than they are.

I am applying those principles to start here. This blog is my showcase for forming the writing (and doing) habit. Sure, I have written papers throughout my life from grade school up to law school, but not on a consistent level and in a public fashion. This blog will start with the small task of 30 minutes a day of writing. Then, posting the finished product for people to read. One inspiration behind this is Seth Godin.

Blogging every day clarifies my thoughts — it helps me notice things. It’s one of the most important practices of my profession.

What to Expect

I’ll share my ideas, the interesting material I’ve come across, and most importantly share stories. More importantly, this blog is about showing the world the courage to be a doer. This is something I struggle with, and I know I am not alone. Through the process, I hope to inspire others, such as Karen Cheng did for me with this video:

 

On Documenting

The additional purpose of this blog for me is documenting the process, my growth process. Having mixed feelings about Facebook and other platforms, this will be my new home.

 

“We all have our own treasured collections. They can be physical cabinets of curiosities, say, living room bookshelves full of our favorite novels, records, and movies, or they can be more like intangible museums of the heart, our skulls lined with memories of places we’ve been, people we’ve met, experices we’ve accumulated. We all carry around weird and wonderful things we’ve come caress while doing our work and living our lives. These mental scrapbooks form our tastes, and our tastes influence our work.

“Our tastes make us what we are but they can also cast a shadow over our own work. “All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste,” says public radio personality Ira Glass. “But there is this gap. For the first couple of years, you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.” Before we’re ready to take the leap of sharing our own work with the world, we can share our tastes in the work of others.” -Austin Kleon, Show Your Work

The Second Best Time to Start

Starting 7 years ago would have been nice, but the second best time is today. This Chinese proverb sums it up perfectly:

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Nevertheless, no looking back. Here we go….

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