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When Our Fire Stops Burning

I could hear the hum of traffic outside our Flatiron office—sirens, horns, and idle engines—and I might as well have been outside instead of the four hour “partner meeting” I was in. Packed like the Holland Tunnel at rush hour with twelve of my colleagues in a white

When Our Fire Stops Burning
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That Mountain You’ve Been Climbing Doesn’t Exist

On July 4, 2005, as the sun was rising above the horizon and peaking through the clouds, I was climbing the south face of Mt. Adams in Washington. At 12,281 feet, it’s one of the most popular training destinations for climbers gunning for larger peaks like Rainer. After

That Mountain You’ve Been Climbing Doesn’t Exist
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I Just Walked Away From My New Venture Fund. Here’s Why.

A week ago I sat down at my computer. Still staring at the blank screen, my heart rate began to spike. The butterflies in my stomach were going wild, and my inner voice started agitating: Are you really going to do this? Are you really going to walk away from

I Just Walked Away From My New Venture Fund. Here’s Why.
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The Ultimate Annual Review

2020 has stretched us unlike any year in history. All of our lives have been upended. We've had to cope with COVID-19, social distancing, work from home, the election, economic hardships, and much more. This year has been truly unprecedented. Thankfully, it's time to turn the page on 2020 and

The Ultimate Annual Review
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Goodbye NYC...See You In 2021

Today my wife and I finished packing our apartment, moved all of our belongings into storage, and said farewell to New York. It’s surreal to even type these words. I’m filled with a range of emotions: sadness, nostalgia, guilt, regret, and even excitement. As I walked down Broadway

Goodbye NYC...See You In 2021
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40 Lessons From 40 Years

I turn forty today. I can’t even believe I just typed that sentence. Over the past month, I've been reflecting on the lessons I’ve learned directly through experience or indirectly from family, friends, mentors and teachers. I wanted capture and share these learnings for one important reason: I’

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Helping Boomers Find Purpose & Meaning in Life

(My dad this summer in Woodstock, NY) I recently read an excellent essay by Andrew Kortina titled, “They Say the #1 Killer of Old People is Retirement [http://kortina.nyc/essays/they-say-the-number-one-killer-of-old-people-is-retirement/] .” In this piece, he discusses the importance of finding purpose and meaning deep into life. Andrew outlines a

Helping Boomers Find Purpose & Meaning in Life