Life Is An Improvisational Art, I’m Making It Up As I Go
I was in India some 20+ years ago, before the world was flat. I was on a beach in Mumbai (when it was still Bombay), and somehow I got in a cricket game using sign language. The locals tried to coach my swing without speaking English. I sucked, they laughed, but I learned the game and had a blast.
I look for cricket games in life, things I may not understand but interest me.
This site houses my podcast and any other cricket balls I may try to hit.
All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…And one man in his time plays many parts, – William Shakespeare
That feels true to me.
Most recently, I’ve been lucky enough to play bit parts in the tech scene working with some of the world’s largest brands. I’ve helped build companies and divisions within them. Much of that effort using and focusing on hard skills, maybe to the detriment of a few soft skills.
So I’m working on those. They are much harder to measure, but the ROI in relation to my happiness and well-being is high.
I’ll share with you what I’m learning.
Who Am I Really?
According to the Reiss Profile, I value curiosity, physical activity, independence and romance over the 16 other basic desires. Not sure what that tells you but it validated the things and activities that made me happy over the years.
I grow up a Navy brat and I have lived in 10 states.
I love Halloween, obviously.
I made stop motion Super 8mm movies when I was a kid and entered young filmmaker contests. The J.J. Abrams film Super 8 captured my childhood hobbies perfectly.
I broke my collarbone when I was 10. Correction, my brother broke my collar bone
My ideal day has tennis in it.
I grew up enamored with the martial arts. I have belts in Judo, Kenpo, Aikido, Jiujitsu (Brazilian). I do none of it now.
I once had a contract to teach in Nagoya Japan, I never went. I’m ready.
Everyone and I mean everyone, loved my sister.
As a Google employee, I never met Larry Page or Sergey Brin.
What am I doing with this site?
I talked with Kyle Maynard (you can listen here) and he said something that crystallized it for me. He was talking about how he uses the phrase “I don’t know” in an empowering way.
“If we’re fixed to what we know, we can’t grow… know your limits but never stop trying to break them but that only happens by, ironically, not knowing your limits.”
He used ‘not knowing’ as a research scientist would, as a curiosity spark about his capabilities and where his limits were. As a result, he did some pretty amazing things.
I want to grow. I’m curious. The non-linear is attractive. Not knowing can be an opportunity. It’s the corridor principle, where many doors tempt me to find out what’s behind them.
Come with me, let’s open some.