Work is my drug of choice. I don’t do other drugs. I drink alcohol in moderation and abstain every Lent. I don’t seek high-risk and adrenaline-filled adventures. But, work and achievement have my number. They own me. When they call, I want to drop everything else in my life. If I am not careful, work
Fly fishing in winter isn’t for everyone. The wind, cold and rain can be punishing. It is why few do it, as more rational anglers stay indoors. But, the landscape is hauntingly beautiful, and the river is devoid of people. The stillness in the air is almost ominous, as the birds and bugs are gone.
My first job out of college ended up being a huge mistake. But, I recovered and took with me some lessons learned. Back in the Roaring 1980s, the hottest investment bank was Wasserstein Perella. The founders started a new M&A firm and proceeded to cherry pick very successful partners from other firms. A roster of
Two particular details have stuck in my mind. First, while at Kripalu, I saw a t-shirt with this on it: “Love all, serve all.” Second, I’ve always remembered reading about Thomas White. A very wealthy man, once he took care of his family, he vowed to die penniless and give away his remaining wealth. He
I saw this post on Facebook, and it really resonated with me. I’ve given talks over the years to students at Brown and Yale. I’ve told them: Congratulations! But, getting into a highly-selective school may be one of the worst things to happen to you. You see, there is a risk to people who
Yesterday, I went back to Harvard Business School for an alumni conference, which I found energizing and interesting. Going back was fun, as it made me feel young again. I have fond memories of business school: people were very nice, the professors were nearly always engaging, and many life-long friendships were formed there. I learned