The Unrecognized Need

There is a famous quote from Henry Ford about the invention of the automobile: “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  Ford’s point was later reinforced by Steve Jobs, who remarked, “It’s really hard… Read More

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A Life Worth Fighting For

Happiness expert Paul Dolan, a professor in behavioral science at the London School of Economics, recently released a report saying, among other things, that you will be happier and healthier if you don’t have kids.  Dolan points to women who are single with no kids as the happiest subgroup in modern society.  While his findings…

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Turning Forty. Five Life Lessons.

I turned forty yesterday.  I was born on June 15th in the last year of the 1970s, in North Shore Hospital in Great Neck, New York. Since then, life has generally been good to me—or at least that’s what my optimism tells me as I consider my past and present. I have a beautiful family. …

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Embracing Your Reality

More often than not, life does not play out in the manner we desire.  For example, we are in a relationship with someone we think will turn out to be “the one,” and then it ends prematurely under negative circumstances.  Or we start a new business with hopes that it will result in us being…

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James Jebbia

Founded in a small store located in downtown New York in 1994, James Jebbia’s independent label Supreme has become one of the foremost underground streetwear brands, boasting a cult following eager for it’s coveted range of tees, footwear and branded miscellanea. Produced in limited editions, Jebbia regularly collaborates with mainstream brands such as Comme des Garçons,…

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KITH, Making of a Modern Brand

In the Jewish religion, a bar mitzvah is the ritual induction of a boy into manhood at the age of thirteen. It’s recognized as the time when he, not his parents, becomes responsible for his actions. Ronnie Fieg took this transition quite seriously. Fieg’s first cousin is David Z, a legendary sneaker and sportswear retailer…

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A24, The Future of Film

Moonlight. Ladybird. The Disaster Artist. A Most Violent Year. It Comes at Night. Spring Breakers. The Lobster. The Florida Project. Amy. Supersonic Ex Machina.   Almost every movie that has meant something to me over the past five-plus years has been made by A24, an independent film company started in 2012 in New York. When…

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Jul 14 , 2019

What do 90-somethings regret most?

My preconceptions about the elderly went out the window four years ago, when a woman in her early-80s came to me seeking pastoral care. She had been widowed for several years, but her distress didn’t come from the loss of her husband. Instead, it was because she had fallen in love with a married man…

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Jul 14 , 2019

The Unrecognized Need

There is a famous quote from Henry Ford about the invention of the automobile: “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  Ford’s point was later reinforced by Steve Jobs, who remarked, “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they…

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Jun 30 , 2019

Why Great Innovation Needs Great Marketing

Innovation is a top priority for almost every organization. But to achieve success through innovation, companies must put as much energy and investment into marketing new offerings as they do in generating them. The role of marketing in some companies seems to have diminished in recent years, with the growth of artificial intelligence-driven algorithms and…

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Jun 30 , 2019

A Life Worth Fighting For

Happiness expert Paul Dolan, a professor in behavioral science at the London School of Economics, recently released a report saying, among other things, that you will be happier and healthier if you don’t have kids.  Dolan points to women who are single with no kids as the happiest subgroup in modern society.  While his findings…

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A Life Worth Flighting For Happiness Joy
Jun 16 , 2019

Turning Forty. Five Life Lessons.

I turned forty yesterday.  I was born on June 15th in the last year of the 1970s, in North Shore Hospital in Great Neck, New York. Since then, life has generally been good to me—or at least that’s what my optimism tells me as I consider my past and present. I have a beautiful family. …

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Jun 09 , 2019

Why We’re Compelled to Love Difficult People

Theoretically we are free to select the kind of person we love. We might have chosen someone else. We’re not being forced into this by social convention or match-making aunts or dynastic imperatives. But in reality our choice is probably a lot less free than we imagine. Some very real constraints around whom we can…

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Jun 09 , 2019

Embracing Your Reality

More often than not, life does not play out in the manner we desire.  For example, we are in a relationship with someone we think will turn out to be “the one,” and then it ends prematurely under negative circumstances.  Or we start a new business with hopes that it will result in us being…

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Jun 02 , 2019

The Moral Peril of Meritocracy

Many of the people I admire lead lives that have a two-mountain shape. They got out of school, began their career, started a family and identified the mountain they thought they were meant to climb — I’m going to be an entrepreneur, a doctor, a cop. They did the things society encourages us to do,…

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Jun 02 , 2019

Laird Hamilton, Using Your Fear

Laird Hamilton is a big wave surfer.  He co-created tow-in surfing with Buzzy Kerbox and Dave Kalama in the 1990s. For those unfamiliar with the term, tow-in surfing is when a jet ski or helicopter is used to literally tow a surfer into a wave that would otherwise be too large or in too precarious…

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May 19 , 2019

How Jerry Lorenzo Created Fear of God.

Before Jerry Lorenzo founded his luxury streetwear brand Fear of God, he was a party promoter in Los Angeles. I can relate to that because for a time I was a party promoter in New York.  It is a label I try to avoid, but it follows you.  Even as I am now a father,…

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