“After the talk,” wITH Ray dalio.
Here you can find the interview I conducted with Ray Dalio, the founder of the investment firm Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds, author of “Principles: Life and Work,” a New York Times #1 best-seller, and founder of OceanX. In the interview, Ray discusses the American dream, optimism, environmentalism, meditation, and what makes him human. Enjoy!
“After the talk,” wITH GARY VAYNERCHUK AND MICHAEL OVITZ.
Here you can find the interview I conducted with Gary Vaynerchuk and Michael Ovitz, at the Summit annual flagship event in LA. More interviews coming soon
When I walked into my first class entitled “Intro to Contemplative Practice,” with Dr. Martha Travers, I had no clue what meditation was, nor did I see the importance of being in nature. As a biomedical engineer and entrepreneur, ecological concerns were foreign to me. I knew the environment was important, but I figured those were causes for other people with greener thumbs, and nature — I left that for the hippies.
As the semester rolled on, I noticed I had a strong sensation of wellbeing after class. For once, I was not bored or stressed, rather just completely content with where I was. I didn’t understand how walking in silence or focusing on my breath influenced these moments of wellbeing, but I told myself as long as I was at the University of Michigan, I would continue to take these unusual classes.
GUARDIANS OF THE VIBE: TRIBE DESIGN VIII IN WASHINGTON
An opaque smoke lingering from the summer’s relentless wildfire season greets us upon arrival at the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The precipitous mountains resting on the opposing shoreline are barely visible through the milky haze. A small group of people gather, sharing in movement and conversation. Apprehensive in the way strangers are before they get to know each other, the group appears uneasy and distant.
As the last cars barrel down the gravel road, which drops into the campsite, a circle is formed and International Tribe Design VIII formally commences. Introductions start atypical from usual, not with professional labels, external successes, or any other Functional Based Identities (FBI’s), as Daniel Eisenman, the founder of Tribe Design and central figure throughout the retreat put it. Rather, introductions start with a confessional. Each individual steps to the center of the 30 person circle and with a throbbing heart and racing mind, they offer a one-minute soliloquy on the absolute last things they want others to know about themselves. There are no premises; no preludes; no justifications; no stories. Only the facts themselves.
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We all know the feeling. It’s late in the afternoon, and were entering into a trance of sorts. We’ve been staring at the same screen for 4+ hours and we just can’t take it anymore.
Irritable, fatigued and stressed, the tension builds; it seems that in a matter of moments we will arrive at a crescendo of lethargy and rage.
Though, against our better judgement, we will ourselves to continue on. One more email we tell ourselves. Just a few more minutes. “The quicker I finish, the quicker I can leave.”
What we are experiencing is what any normal human being experiences when propped in front of a screen for hours on end. It’s a phenomenon known as Mental Fatigue.
MEDITATION OUTSIDE OF WORK
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CONSCIOUS CONVERSATIONS: BEYOND JUST WORDS
The music was deafening, the table was packed; I could feel the sweat pooling on my forehead. And there we sat tucked away into a corner, our bodies’ perpendicular as they hugged onto adjacent edges of our table. We yelled, asked twice, even thrice, “Can you repeat that?” Gradually the loud environment slipped away, and time faded as we dipped deeper into each other’s internal worlds.
We conversed about a shared zest for life, disappearing cultural diversity, and what all this traveling business is about anyway.
When a dull moment came to the conversation, I asked her what she did back in Germany, back in “normal” life.
She told me she’d been selling ice cream as a side job to pay for her travels. Nothing seemed particularly odd about this; over the past 8 months, I’d met countless seasonal workers – those living on the fringes of societies and the edges of a paycheck, earning just enough to fund travel.