Another Trip Around The Sun

by John on October 21, 2016

sun-1443875904xk6I celebrated another trip around the sun this past Monday. It’s been a crazy busy year here in Miami and I’ve neglected my writing so I figured that I’ll take a few moments to catch you up on what’s been happening here in the 305 (in no particular order):

  • Good managers know how to keep the team driving towards a common goal in an environment of shifting goals and priorities.
  • When you’re younger you want the world to acknowledge your birthday. When you’re older you’re humbled by the birthday greetings from around the world.
  • It’s easy to be a pundit, harder still to execute all those “great” ideas from the pundits
  • 2016 is not only kicking my ass, but a whole lot of other peoples assess. 2017 needs to watch out ‘cause I’ve taken awesome notes on how to kick its ass.
  • Things that you need VIP access to at all times: Your tailor, your barber, and your cigar purveyor.
  • Embracing the gray hair is easy, embracing the extra pounds not so much.
  • Sometimes you need to sit back and say “Maybe I am a success, maybe not, but I’ve got to keep going”.
  • I’m starting to like box presses and lanceros. Didn’t think I would, but when you’ve got good cigar guys, you need to shut up and take their advice.
  • It’s easy to say “Go Big”. It’s harder to go big and execute successfully. If you do both, then enjoy it and don’t complain.
  • The shadow of the leader is real. People can see it and react to it.
  • Keeping your office door open is easy, keeping an open mind is harder.
  • It’s OK to not know what you want to be when you grow up, the key is to not become jaded when you realize that you are growing up.
  • Do not shy away from being an expert. If someone is seeking your counsel, give it and don’t hold back.
  • House of Cards and The Prince may be fiction, but the lessons contained in both aren’t. The key is knowing when to apply the lessons.
  • Rolling Stone magazine and music may pass you by, but you should still dance and sing along to the silly pop songs. Besides, you can still make a kick ass “80s mixtape” playlist on your Spotify.
  • Consolidating your operating systems is a necessity. There’s nothing wrong with embracing an all Apple or all Windows strategy, just don’t pontificate on which one is better to your friends who still are still using a blackberry.
  • The person in the middle seat on an airplane gets to use both armrests. Be nice and share.
  • Don’t tell your German friends that the Belgians make better beer. Enjoy the company and drink what’s offered.
  • My favorite sound is the laughter of my girls at dinner. I’m raising lawyers/comedians and I call that a win.

So there you have it. A brief summation of all the crazy randomness that’s been happening for the past few weeks and months in my life.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to root for the Cubbies to win a World Series and try to get my six year old to at least try some veggies. Impossible? Maybe, but hey it’s fun to root for the underdogs.

Peace & Love!


Three Boys from Miami

by John on September 4, 2016

I had a chance to chat with some old friends a few weeks ago. We managed to all get on a quick skype-type call to say hello, make fun of each other, and commiserate on how busy our lives have become.

Seems I have this conversation a lot these days.

We all grew up together, suffering through parochial school and that awkward transition to public high school. Even with our shared suffering, we were an unlikely bunch of friends. One was the fastest runner in elementary school, one a serial entrepreneur, and me, well I was honing my diplomacy skills by trying to be involved with student government and other extracurricular activities.

We lost touch for a couple of years, each of us going to different colleges and countries. Trying as young men do to find themselves in a time when we didn’t catalog every crazy thing we did on the internet. Trying to make a mark, create a legacy, make a difference in the world. Tall order for three boys from Miami. Then again, we always relished a challenge.

That day though, we spoke of our kids, our careers, our challenges as fathers, but we haven’t changed much. We’re still the same group of over-active, hyper boys, who like to compete. However today, we are competing against time. Something we all know a bit too well.

One friend is still mourning the recent loss of his mother. It’s still raw and hurts and no amount of words on a call, or pixels on a screen can convey how much we share in his grief and pain.

Another by nature of his work, has put himself in harm’s way more than anyone we know. Again, words can’t adequately express our sense of worry. We all just keep on keeping on, looking at the days pass on the calendar, cherishing our families and raising our kids. Hoping against hope that they will have it better than we ever did…

We’re now all in different parts of the world, but thankfully still in touch. Celebrating our successes and propping each other up in the difficult times. That brings me a bit of comfort, knowing that through the years, we’re still there for each other.

So on this random Sunday, separated by 7 different time zones and a vast ocean, know that I love you both. I still worry, and still cheer and toast our successes.

We may have grey hair (or no hair) and our waistlines may be a bit bigger, but our friendship endures.

Not bad for three rambunctious boys from Miami. Not bad at all.


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