I took a Music 100 class my freshman year of college, Fall semester. 8 AM.
I was a Psych major as a freshman, and later changed to Business. Music 100 was an “elective.” In other words, it was one of several purposeless classes I could “elect” to take just to fulfill my “full time” status as a student until it was time to take all the serious classes for my major. At the time, Penn State required that a student amass ~122 credit hours to receive a degree, though the required Business classes totaled about 60 credits.
(Lesson: half of…
Have you ever fed medicine to a dog?
Dogs don’t like medicine. And, unlike with humans, you can’t rationalize with a dog to ingest something they don’t like for their long-term positive benefit.
To get a dog to take medicine, you have to trick them. I’ve wrapped medicine in deli meat. Hid medicine inside dog treats. Crushed pills and slipped it in the dog food bowl. Concealed it in peanut butter and let dogs lick it off my fingers.
Those all worked.
Humans are like dogs in some ways, particularly the parallels of feeding people knowledge the way you feed…
We don’t cook at home.
For us, events like Thanksgiving mean either going to someone else’s home, or to a restaurant that’s open for the holiday.
We went to a popular place this most recent Thanksgiving. The place has an outdoor patio with a great view of the evening city skyline that prompts everyone to get photos of themselves taken against the scenic backdrop of Miami.
Anna made our reservation, but we were disappointed to find out upon arrival that no outdoor tables were available. …
HOW TO GET OFF THE BENCH AND IN THE DAMN GAME…
Some people come across me now, seeing the way that I present myself, and assume that I’ve always been the “star.”
That it’s been easy for me because I’ve always been talented, privileged and “favored” for opportunity.
They say: “You wouldn’t understand MY situation, Dre — you’ve probably always been one of the better players and had it easy because of your talent. You don’t know what it’s like to *not* be one of the better, privileged ones.”
I played ONE year of high school ball —…
Someone commented on one of my recent live streams, in which I touched on some political stuff from a practical outsider perspective, that I should run for political office.
Though it was a tongue in cheek comment, I appreciate the sentiment.
I think I’d be good at politics. Telling people the truth (as I see it), giving context to that truth, and sharing with the people what they need to hear — not just what they want to hear. The political landscape could use a healthy dose of Work On Your Game.
But it would never work. For multiple reasons…
The most common thing I hear whenever I’m in a back-and-forth debate/argument with someone (always in person; I don’t do much internet debate): “you’re not listening.”
Maybe, I’m just a terrible listener who loves the sound of his own voice. I allow space for that possibility.
Or, “you’re not listening to me” is the go-to escape clause people use when they fail to convert my opinion to be closer to their opinion.
Notice that you never hear BOTH people in a disagreement accusing each other of not listening. It’s usually just one person. Which means either they’re right — someone…
The title: “Why TRUMP Will Win 2020 Election”
My argument was built from the perspective of observing and noting what I saw; not sharing what I wanted to happen, but what I thought would happen and why. I made my case as objectively as I could.
Trump supporters, who seem to have become more open about their MAGA status over the last 4 years (or maybe it was just me being more willing to look for and listen to them), loved it. They liked, shared and commented on the vid heavily. …
When I ended up out of my college hoops program as a junior, it was a bad break resulting from bad luck.
But, it triggered two good things -
1) A “me vs. the world” mentality that I used as motivation to drive my actions. That energy powered me to my goal of making it to the professional level.
2) The story of what had happened, combined with the happy ending that came after, made for the ultimate comeback story — and story that audiences love hearing to this day.
I didn’t think about it in exactly that way when…
1) You share your point of view
2) Someone offers a dissenting point of view.
3) You engage, defending your point of view.
4) The commentator accuses you of being “defensive,” as if this is some sort of code violation.
In basketball, there’s a common cliche: defense wins championships.
The Los Angeles Lakers ended the 2020 “Bubble” NBA Finals in 6 games over the Miami Heat with a stifling defensive performance in the closing game.
Four historic NBA teams -
Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls
The Curry-Klay-Draymond / KD Warriors
Kobe & Shaq’s Lakers
The “Big 3” Miami Heat
That’s how much time I spend creating content.
This is not to say that writing and recording are all I do (though I do a lot of it). What it means is that I’m always thinking about, looking for and noticing things that will content. Everything that happens to or around me has potential to become a story or topic of discussion.
For example, I went to a restaurant on Miami Beach in mid-November…
Anna had made the reservation on OpenTable. We get there and the hostess can’t find the reservation on her tablet, even though Anna was showing the…