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Happy New Year’s Eve (Eve)

New Year’s Eve is upon us.

2016 was a roller coaster year, filled with ups and downs that, at times, changed on a daily basis. Coupled with the occasional (and necessary!) look back at nostalgia, whether it be last month, last year, 5, 10, 20 or more years ago, life is a future-looking endeavor. Tomorrow is a new day. It just so happens that tomorrow’s tomorrow will ring in a brand new year:

2017.

Along with remembering and building on your successes in 2016, also take the opportunity of a new year to recall your shortcomings and to not let people walk all over you if you happen to have a personable demeanor. Instead, make the necessary pivot without losing your core character and run your life like a, what’s the word?

What do I mean? Jim Halpert, help me out.

Service with a smile.

D.B.’s Treasured Process

Inferno was red hot as a book back in 2013 and Inferno is set to be a red hot movie in theaters this October 28th.

Interestingly, when people hear this word/literary title, it may be fair to conclude that Dante is losing a bit of ground in the modern era when it comes to association…to his most well-known work.

Made famous through his intelligent thrill rides through Europe’s luxuriously historical capitals with plain-hidden secrets galore, led by an unsuspecting professor of symbols, author Dan Brown has captured our imaginations and cognitive curiosities with Leonardo da Vinci, the Pope, Vatican, the Freemasons and now Dante’s Inferno. One reason (among many) why his writing transcends his competitors in a similar space is his skill at leaving his readers wanting more.

The story ends, the last page is turned over, and yet we find ourselves researching for more answers. Mind you, these questions aren’t concentrated on problems with the book. Instead, most wish the story didn’t end. Unfortunately, reality takes over and the realization of the time, effort and creativity that ultimately builds a Dan Brown classic spans years. Fortunately, Hollywood loves to adapt blockbuster books and Mr. Brown’s tales fit the silver screen like a Harris Tweed jacket at Harvard.

Even more fortunate is Dan Brown agrees to the occasional interview when he’s not dreaming up his Robert Langdon’s next adventure.

We know Dan Brown’s exciting fictional side, but it’s equally satisfying to discover his non-fictional side is entertainingly upside down.

Getting even a quick glimpse into the mind that has crafted acclaimed books on a global scale is worthwhile and educational. Like most endeavors in life, the rugged journey, scattered with potholes, misdirection and random glimmers of inspiration provides the greatest insight into how this crazy world goes ’round.

Aside from the Earth’s axis.

Future story idea: I wonder if Dan Brown (D.B.) will ever send Robert Langdon on a domestic journey into the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest to solve the thrilling, unsolved mystery of D.B. Cooper and his lost treasure?

Taxi Driver (The Funny One)

The must see interview is here.

Legendary sitcom director, creator, writer and producer James Burrows was given a 2-hour NBC special this past Sunday night. The shows we know and love were featured (Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, to name a few) through cast interviews (most of them, anyways). The trademark gestures and words of wisdom by Mr. Burrows were revealed through comedic ribbing, including his surprisingly distinctive voice. For a man made famous for his shadowy presence, former NBC stars impersonating their former boss was akin to an SNL alum impersonating another behind-the-scenes maestro: Lorne Michaels.

The vocal range between the two men is kind of striking.

James Burrows spoke for a few minutes at the end of his NBC special for directing his 1,000th sitcom episode, but there is still so many more stories to be told.

And advice to be given.

Cheers, James Burrows.

Generation C

Graduation.

Whether it’s from high school or college, it’s an event of celebration, reflection and some lighthearted humor.

Plus, a life lesson or two.

Interestingly, high school graduation feels more like a collective achievement because we all made it to that singular destination (college). Our high school class grew up together, from our first memories at preschool. Regardless of the specific university, we were going to college.

We did it!

Graduating from college is more of an individual achievement because we (more than likely) went to school with people from different towns, states and maybe even countries. Our studies were specialized to our interests. At this point, after walking across the stage with our diploma in-hand, we had to find our specific destination within the gigantic and chaotic thing called “the real world.”

Can I do it?

Six years later, I’ve thought about what I would like to hear if I was just now graduating from college. Or, what I wished I had heard six years ago.

Here it goes, a shortened version anyways.

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The world we live in is a crazy place. And I mean crazy! Just watch or read the news at any hour of the day and you know what I’m talking about.

“Why have they spent the past 24 hours telling us they haven’t found this plane yet?”

The world is a busy and random place. The people we come across on a daily basis ranges from normal to the absurd, yet everything seems to function as it’s supposed to, like clockwork.

How does all this come together to work?

I guess it’s all just kind of imperfectly perfect.

Anyways…Doctor. Lawyer. Captain of Industry.

These are the sough-after “money” positions. These are the jobs we should pursue, right?

Yes and no.

If it fits for you, then sure, absolutely. If not, find something that fits you better, whether it exists or not.

My sincere advice?

Whatever ranks you decide to join or invent as an entrepreneur, be sure to add your special kind of craziness to the mix, both in and out of the workplace.

What do I mean?

Be crazy nice and always open the door for the person behind you or in front of you.

Be crazy awesome and launch a business that makes dynamite food concoctions (FYI- Voodoo Doughnut in Portland nailed it with their Bacon Maple Bar doughnut!).

Be crazy in love and dedicate yourself to that special someone in your life.

Be crazy creative and market in ways thought to be too “outside the box.”

Be crazy compassionate and volunteer at the local Food Bank in your spare time and connect in ways you never imagined.

Be crazy inspiring and wash the windows at a local hospital in a superhero costume as excited kids watch.

Be crazy dancing guy/girl and make someone laugh on a Wednesday.

Be crazy enough to believe you can bring something to the “real world” that makes it a little better.

In this economy, jobs are few and far between. Past assumptions about living post-college are flying out the window. Will the above result in your dream job? I have no idea, but for this generation, you must be dedicated to thinking that you have the opportunity (and necessity) to bring some positive craziness to a world that’s becoming increasingly crazy and uncertain. If you do, then maybe that one person will take a chance on you for that job you’ve always wanted? Maybe that one person will say “yes” to a date? Maybe that one person will inspire you to do something you’re passionate about, but were too nervous to do before?

Instead of looking for a needle in a haystack, become that needle in a haystack. Be a bright, shining presence who is ready for their shot when the right person looks in your direction.

You’d be crazy not to.