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Ben
Gainesville and San Francisco
I'm a big fan of life.
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One of my first posts was written in response to a challenge in which my friend Morris dared me to sit down and freewrite the first thing that came to mind about something random, like a hammer and nails. The result was ehhh at best. More than anything, it was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at Life by Ben
I'm subscribed to a blog belonging to another Ben, Ben Casnocha. Today, Ben had a great quote of the day as his post: “If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Life by Ben
On the first day of my Finance class in college the professor posed the question to the class, "what is the function of management in a company?" After about 5 minutes of unsuccessful guesses from the class, the professor gave us the 'answer'... the function of management is to create... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Life by Ben
I was never a surfer but I like to use the analogy of surfing when thinking of dealing with inspiration. Inspiration comes in waves. It doesn't stay forever and it's important to catch it with good timing. The key with catching the waves of inspiration is two fold (1) If... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at Life by Ben
A company (just like any other organization) should always try to live up to its full potential. Often times, in order to reach that potential, funding is needed. And almost always, one needs to ask for the funding by stating what issues the funds will address and how you'll go... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Life by Ben
It's been over a month now since I quit my job, packed up my life in San Francisco and relocated back to South Florida to co-found a business. Our big idea is looking better than ever and we've gathered awesome feedback from those close to us as well as from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Life by Ben
Throughout this recent development, I've been thinking, "how does everything I learned about passion actually fit into the decision to go try starting this company?" It's very obvious to me (and the people I tell) that I'm passionate about the move and the idea, but that's not exactly alligned with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at Life by Ben
Thanks Nik! Ben
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2013 on Walking Away from Six Figures at Life by Ben
Today I quit my job as an investment banking analyst. Between my internship at the office two summers ago and my tenure since graduating from college, I worked there for a total of eight months. Not chump change when you work an average of 80 hours a week. Some may... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Life by Ben
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The other day I was talking to a friend about an idea he had for a new project that could turn into a business, potentially, maybe down the road. My friend is a musician and the project would revolve around music, but he values my view on things related to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Life by Ben
One theory on our creation goes as follows: God created Adam and from Adam God created Eve. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, naked and blissfully ignorant, until a snake tempted Eve to eat the fruit of knowledge. Adam and Eve then clothed themselves, pissing off God,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Life by Ben
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I've been a huge fan of the Joe Rogan podcast for a while now. Joe Rogan is a comedian and he's also that guy you might know from Fear Factor or hosting UFC fights. His podcast is called The Joe Rogan Experience and it's basically these two, maybe three hour... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2012 at Life by Ben
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It dawned on me the other day how ridiculous my interest in my news feed is. It's something we all think about but at the end of the day our fear of missing out on something is what keep us plugged in; with the exception of a two week period... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Life by Ben
Woke up yesterday to the best news a guy could get. My sister's baby girl was born in Jerusalem in good health (although 2 weeks early) and they're both doing great! It dawned on me today that the family I grew up in is over, and a new family is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Life by Ben
One of the biggest questions in modern science (and philosophy) is where do thoughts come from? Theories vary from notions of good vs. evil (the famous angel on one shoulder and devil on the other) to split personalities to divine voices and even David Eagleman's competing-groups-style brain theory. The truth... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Life by Ben
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When I was in college I learned about a company that offers a cleaning/maid service. The company employed only top students with clean records and a strong work ethic. I loved the business model and thought about applying it to another industry. Opportunity-spotting and brainstorming to me is all about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Life by Ben
When a dog has been eating dog food his whole life, he probably doesn't dream about delicious hamburgers. But what happens when that dog finally gets fed a big juicy burger? Does he think to himself, "I've been missing out on THAT the whole time?!" Or does he just take... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at Life by Ben
I've been taking it easy with my writing lately, and the excuse I've been making to myself is that I've been working too much. And yeah, that's a part of it. But not all of it. To be honest with myself, I think it's because I just have less to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Life by Ben
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I remember very clearly the day my Dad came home from his corrective vision surgery. It must have been almost 10 years ago. At the time it didn't mean much to me though. I also remember hearing about countless other people getting this procedure done, my sister and brother-in-law included.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Life by Ben
So today is the most holy holiday in the Jewish Calendar: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It's the one day of the year we're really supposed to drop everything, sit at home, and think about the past year. Specifically, we're supposed to think about all our sins and wrongdoings... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2012 at Life by Ben
No matter how hard I try to avoid valuing one's qualifications, it's almost impossible to disregard them in forming a first impression. If you sound legit, I'm likely to pay more attention to you. You see, the University of Florida is the best school in Florida and arguably one of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Life by Ben
There are many mysteries that we have not been able to explain: who built the pyramids? What are those UFO sightings all about? Who shot Kennedy? The list goes on. However, there is one mystery that has captivated my attention, for I have no remnant of a clue how to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at Life by Ben
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Yet another Sunday night, and I'm writing this from the office. This past week was probably the most intense week yet. As you might guess, last weekend's festivities took a toll, and I ended up getting kind of sick Tuesday-Wednesday. By Thursday I was better and now I'm back to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at Life by Ben
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Been about a week since my last post, and I'm starting to think Sunday nights will become my sweet spot for blogging... the week is just too busy and I come home too tired to write. Plus, the last thing I want to look at after a 14 hour day... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2012 at Life by Ben
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Last week was a pretty busy week at work... thus, not much blogging. But here we are on Monday night and I have a few minutes to write, so I'll tell about my weekend. Friday night a friend of mine -high school and college- arrived in San Francisco with his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Life by Ben