We are not taught to surrender. We are taught to compete, to push through and get ahead. At least in the USA, this competitive every-man-for-himself driven mentality is what I grew up with. And I'm not going to try and convince anyone that this is or isn't the right way to be. I would like to offer up an alternative that I have been practicing for years.
Sliding down from floor 3 to 2 at Google San Francisco was fun. Really, it was. That slide was awesome, mostly because it ended at a photo booth. Sweet!
In today’s world we’re all a bit obsessed with celebrity aren’t we? Those movie stars. The athletes. The business mavens.
Don’t get me wrong — there is nothing wrong with this. Some people are so inspiring, beautiful and intelligent that we cannot help but want to learn more about them. And yet, what I keep discovering is that it’s the ones that aren’t yet well known ( at least by mass media…) that are changing the world, making incredibly important contributions to society and inspiring me the most.
This collection of stories is my tribute to all the people in my life who embody courage, love, commitment, and grace. They give back, create and show up for themselves and for others, deeply and vulnerably. They are my mentors and they deserve recognition. So, this is it.
I first decided to start interviewing incredible people in my life and writing stories about them at back in 2013 when I was working at Google X, launching Google Glass. I wrote these stories in order to foster culture and bring joy to a very inspiring yet challenging project. And what did I discover? No one, no matter how amazing they are, really knows it. This is why I write these stores and share them. NO matter who we are, we tend to forget how amazing we are. We all need a mirror. So here I am , being the mirror and reflecting light on how amazing the people in my life are.
This one is for Amy.
It seems that we live in a world where someone has to be right, implying of course, that someone has to be wrong.