Maybe it’s just the time of year and the color of the leaves, but Washington DC really is an impressive city. I’m really struck by how much the city planning and historic architecture have withstood the test of time.
To an outsider, this really does feel like the capital of the free world. To me, parts of Washington are also devoid of the character and messiness that is unavoidable in a place like New York (which I love).
It’s such an interesting time in our country’s history - we’re struggling with some huge political/social issues and yet we are also on the cusp of a major shift in the economy towards empowering the masses (Airbnb, Uber, Etsy, etc.). Though Washington stands as an awesome statement about our country, it feels like just that: a symbol. The real innovation and progress is happening elsewhere.
I can only hope that our government is able to adapt to this world and stand the test of time in the same way that the physical city has. (at Capitol Hill)
Pairing the right people together to get something done is the central act of good business people.
Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. Cultivate that capacity for “negative capability.” We live in a culture where one of the greatest social disgraces is not having an opinion, so we often form our “opinions” based on superficial impressions or the borrowed ideas of others, without investing the time and thought that cultivating true conviction necessitates. We then go around asserting these donned opinions and clinging to them as anchors to our own reality. It’s enormously disorienting to simply say, “I don’t know.” But it’s infinitely more rewarding to understand than to be right — even if that means changing your mind about a topic, an ideology, or, above all, yourself…
…Be generous. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.
There is so much good stuff in this post, but these two really stick out to me as I believe they are intricately linked together and our relationships hinge upon the ability to understand and be understood, even in the face of uncertainty. It’s obviously relatable in startups, but is much more widely applicable to all of our relationships.
What he said.
What a brilliant idea for a mashup and a throwback to one of my favorite videogames and soundtracks as a kid. The internet is awesome.