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Reasons & Projects

A manifesto and an invitation.

Everything I do is an expression of the desires and beliefs you’ll find below. This is an exploration of the values I hold most dear and a collection of things that make me come alive.

Three Ideas

Life can be fun, curious, and happy!

Your mindset creates the world you live in, so if you change the way you think, you can change the way you experience the world.

People do awesome things if they know how to take their dreams seriously.

Figuring out what you want and why you want it is half the battle to create a world you’re excited to be a part of each day.

The other half of the battle is embracing your ignorance, learning from failure, and learning to re-frame obstacles as advantages.

Communication is the most important skill.

The biggest problems are often a result of failing to understand each other.

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What would the world look like if we could share these ideas together?

I want to live in a world full of loving families, where each member is happy by choice and everyone knows they are worthwhile and valuable.

I want to live in a world full of co-collaborators who take their own dreams seriously, and have the tools to do meaningful, fulfilling work to create a world in which they want to live.

I want to live in a world full of good friends who understand the value of communication and go out of their way to listen to and understand each other.

Here are 3 beliefs that will help make our world more like the ones I described above.

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I believe the joy of life comes from finding happiness, value, and worth within yourself.

Tweet About The Choice To Be Happy.

These qualities are a choice, not a discovery or pursuit.

I believe that people who are doing their best deserve to be happy. I believe that each of them is valuable and worthy of education and opportunity, regardless of their opinions. I want to encourage childlike curiosity and un-ironic excitement.

Those of us who have had our questions answered and our dreams encouraged can be responsible for helping everyone else receive education and opportunity. We have the tools make the world we want to live in if we’re willing to figure out what that world is.

I believe that the world will be best if all people are doing their best and have the tools to realize their dreams.

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The three best ways to succeed at your dreams are by cultivating curiosity for its own sake, learning from fast failures, and seeking helpful criticism.

I believe that learning and growth happens best when people are encouraged to fail fast and be naturally curious, and reassured that they are worthwhile even when they make mistakes. I believe that people who choose to enjoy the journey can fail and learn from it, regardless of if they ever reach the destination they imagined. I believe that people who know they are valuable and worthwhile can receive criticism effectively instead of taking it personally.

Discovering that you are wrong is one of life’s best gifts. Knowing what you don’t know is the first step in any learning process. You can’t get where you need to go by thinking you are already there. If you want to grow, first you must know you are wrong without worrying about if that makes you less valuable, then you must confidently go somewhere new and ask questions.

I believe communication is the path to the future we all want.

Tweet About Awesome Communication

Purposeful, effective communication involves using simple words, listening actively and compassionately, and seeking to understand before criticizing.

I believe that clear communication is the key to the world we imagine. I believe the most complex things can be explained simply. I believe active listening is the most valuable skill a person or a nation can cultivate.

When we learn about new perspectives, we all face a choice between critique or understanding. Understanding is more difficult and more worthwhile than criticism. People who want to create the most opportunity for everyone should seek to understand and empathize before criticizing or teaching.

I want to stay in touch. If anything stood out to you from this message, I’d love to hear from you via Email or Twitter.

Do you want to spread the word, collaborate, or just stay up to date? I’d love for you to be a part of the community of people who believe in this vision.

I want to share tools and techniques so we can all do better. I want to encourage interesting conversations. I want to have a blast solving the world’s most interesting problems together. I want to bring just a little more opportunity, joy, and wonder into the world.

If you do too, I would love your help.

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