Friday, October 7, 2016

Getting in touch with your higher being

I recently read a great blog post titled "religion for the nonreligious" on Wait But Why. I highly recommend it. The author articulates complex ideas around religion, wisdom, happiness, getting in touch with our higher-selves in ways that are easy to understand. Some interesting quotes to ponder:

  • The mind…can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. ― John Milton
  • I . . . a universe of atoms . . . an atom in the universe. —Richard Feynman
  • If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from, we will have failed. —Carl Sagan

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

It's never too late in the day to start your day over

As the great Michael Franti once said, "it's never to late to start the day over." Sometimes it feels easier to simply chalk up a day, week, year, etc. as a loss, or keep doing the same thing even though we know it's not working.  In doing that we run the risk of either a) throwing in the towel progressively earlier and earlier whenever we're faced with a tough situation, or b) never having the courage to make big changes.

This can be applied to business decisions too. Especially as companies get larger, the idea of making big changes when a particular line of business or business model isn't working, becomes harder and harder. Rather than approaching situations with the mindset of "we've come too far" or "it's too late," try instead to think in terms of "it's never too late" and "what if I did do this?"

This way of thinking will free you to think critically about any/all aspects of your personal or professional life and make those big, scary changes no matter how far you've gone down the wrong path.

-Bob Goldman

Thursday, September 1, 2016

At the end of each day, ask three simple questions

A good friend of mine in Santa Barbara got me hooked on asking three simple questions at the end of each day.

  1. What did you learn? 
  2. Who did you help? 
  3. What did you enjoy? 
When I first started doing this at dinner with my girlfriend, it admittedly wasn't always easy to come up with three good answers. This realization, however, started pushing us to seek things out during our day so that we had something to share. I now wake up everyday with 3 main goals: learn something, help someone, enjoy myself. In doing this, I find I'm happier, smarter, and better to the people around me.

-My name is Robert Goldman and I approve this message.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Is it nice, is it true, is it necessary?

A good friend told me today that he always asks himself three questions before he says anything: 1) is it nice? 2) is it true? 3) is it necessary? If it's not one of those things, it's probably not worth saying. Sometimes we are all prone to blurting out whatever immediately comes to mind in any given situation. Taking a moment to pause and ask yourself these three simple questions before speaking can go a long way in improving your relationships.

-My name is Robert Goldman and I approve this message.

Monday, August 22, 2016

El Rey Fire in Santa Barbara

Here are some really wild photos that I took from downtown Santa Barbara yesterday. The El Rey fire is currently burning out near Paradise Road in the SB backcountry (right near my favorite Santa Barbara mountain bike ride). Today, the sky was red and ash was coming down. Hoping that everyone who lives out that way is safe. 

Photos from Vail August 2016

Last week I was able to get out of Santa Barbara for a couple of days and spend some time with the folks in Vail. Here are some highlights from the trip...

Heading up the Gondola on the first day for some hot laps. 

Wildflowers were going off on Cougar Ridge Trail between Vail and Minturn. 

More incredible wildflowers on Cougar Ridge Trail. 

Game Creek trail was overgrown, but still a blast. 

Looking down Game Creek Trail after getting out of the woods. Super fast like "the mile." 

Also, check out my blog posts on three awesome rides in Vail: 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Photos from Moab

Looking down at Moab from the top of Portal Trail - end of the Mag 7 ride. Looking forward to more days like this.