A couple of weeks ago, we flew to New York to see your grandparents. We had not seen them since January, back when you were really tiny. COVID kept us apart for months, but finally, we were going to be reunited.

It was also your birthday, which made this somehow an even more anticipated moment. It took you some time to warm up to the faces you had only previously seen on FaceTime, but you got there! Turns out, you don’t mind constant unbridled adulation and personal attention.

In the weeks leading up to the trip, I had given a…

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In 1965, the CEO of an average large public company earned about twice as much as a front line worker. Today, that figure is 278 times.

The trend began to take shape in the 70s. For literally hundred of years, Wall Street was predicated upon pushing capital into business and mortgages. That all changed over the last twenty or so years. Bankers got creative, slimy, and above all- greedy.

If you want to go big, you gotta go hard. Wall Street’s focus transitioned towards riskier bets with greater upside, such as securities and mega mergers. Basically, capital moved away from actual businesses, towards other pools of cash.

By 2017, wall streeters accounted for 20% of the country’s corporate profits.

These deal makers were simply a different…

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This is a particularly bad time for a pandemic.

The Epidemic Intelligence Service, a program born of the CDC, is “kind of like a secret society, but for saving people” according to Dr. Francis Riedo, a graduate of the program and an infectious disease doctor from Seattle. Think of the EIS as the CIA of infectious diseases.

“One of the E.I.S’s core principles is that pandemic is a communications emergency as much as a medical crisis”, writes Charles Duhigg in the New Yorker. “There are so many terrifying possibilities in a pandemic, information brings relief.“

As such, The E.I.S- founded…

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Back in 2020, for the first time in human history, the entire world was focused on a singular problem.

Although at the time of this writing I cannot tell you whether we solved the problem -or even how long it took -I can tell you that our collective realties suddenly changed, and the world began to feel even smaller than the internet had made it seem. As I’m sure I have explained, we essentially shut everything down. All of it. Just about everything save for hospitals, Wal-Mart’s, and big box grocery-chains. We weren’t without power, food, or any other essentials…

If you’re an NBA fan, stop me if you’ve heard this before:

“Minutes restrictions and load management are screwing up the game!”

“Players today are too worried about their brands!”

“These guys are all buddies, and they are just too damn soft!”

Well, what if I told you ( 30 for 30 voice) that load management and buddy culture was actually prevalent back in the day, too?

My biggest takeaway of the much-anticipated MJ documentary this past weekend : People don’t really change, circumstances around them do.

The New Orleans Pelicans were subject to major criticism for sitting Zion Williamson…

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Perspective is a powerful, often under-utilized force.

If you were to travel back in time and explain the internet of 2020 (and I mean all of it, down to the hardware landscape that it lays upon) to someone in the year 1920, it would be a pretty bizarre conversation. Now imagine giving the same presentation to someone in year 1420.

We take our own perspectives for granted. We’re so embedded within our internal mazes, our reality is almost exclusively dictated by the walls of our own labyrinth. …

The first Duke of Sussex was Prince Augustus Frederick, a son of King George III. As the ninth child and sixth son of the King, his chances of sitting on the throne were slim. He was a staple Royal- a fixture merely destined to represent King and Country, much like a human flag.

Born in 1773, he was a liberal-minded royal who questioned tradition. Augustus supported electoral reform and extending the franchise beyond the gentry, an unthinkable political belief at the time coming from someone in his privileged position.

“I have every respect for the nobility of the country, but education ennobles more than anything else” he once said.

Augustus, as you might expect, was not free to marry without…

I never understood what running a marathon had to with raising money for charity. I felt it was a convenient partnership laid upon terrific marketing.

Nevertheless, When I signed up for a charity marathon in April benefiting parents of special needs children, I thought I would be doing something for others. Sure, I figured I would also motivate myself to finally get in great shape and push my boundaries, but I was already familiar with the cause and I knew I could not walk away from the opportunity to help.

I took the leap. I’d figure out the miles, and…

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I’m turning 30 tomorrow, and I really have not spent much time reflecting on what that means to me, or to the people around me.

A large reason why I have essentially avoided the internal dialogue is because I have spent much of my emotional energy this year attempting to reconcile the fact that I’m leaving NYC, my hometown, with little to no idea as to when, or exactly how, I will be able to return.

And so, before I look to open the next chapter of my life, I need to close and reflect upon…

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Today, you are merely an idea, but an idea is just like potential: Energy, which can either be harnessed or untapped.

I always fed into the system. Well, at least I did for most of my life.

Born into Grandma and Grandpa’s home, things were always a certain way. I’m sure this does not surprise you. Our lives were at the center of a terrific, tight-knit community. We prayed at a certain time every morning and evening. Dinner was always served between 8–9 just before Grandpa had to make it back to Shul. …

Josh Faizzadeh

Looking to find my truth.

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