From October to December of 2014, I’m taking an around the world trip where I’ll be visiting 12 countries in 4 continents. I’m spending roughly one week at each place, and I’m currently posting this from my iPhone while sitting in my friends apartment in Tokyo, which is my first stop.
On June 8th, 2013 (my 31st birthday), I attempted to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Speech Marathon. Crazy, I know. This record is not to be confused with longest non-stop speech, which would definitely have been harder. This record consisted of giving back-to-back presentations for almost 37 hours straight (with a 5-minute break after every hour). I beat the previous record by about 15-30 minutes, and as you can imagine, I learned a few things. From the first day of preparation to holding up my fist in the air as the clock struck 36 hours and 30 minutes, I got some surprising insights about communication, higher purpose, and the effectiveness of hot tea. Here’s what I learned. Continue reading 6 Lessons I Learned While Attempting a Guinness World Record
The commercialism of the holiday season hit me particularly hard this year. Normally I just brush it off, but something about listening to the cheery holiday music while it’s simultaneously trying to get me excited about the latest deals just didn’t sit right. It’s emotional manipulation, and we all know it. When do we infuse our ritualistic gestures of appreciation with commercialism? Why do I have to buy to show that I care? I’m tired of it, and this year I’m doing something different. Continue reading Better than Presents: Why I’m Starting a New Holiday Tradition
Hi everyone, I’m doing a spontaneous Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today at 4pm EST. You can ask me about my Guinness World Record Attempt, Google Glass, or iPhone Life magazine.
Feel free to, you know, ask me anything. My name there is Alex_jaymin. Continue reading I’m Doing a Reddit AMA Today!
A combination of boredom and Netflix introduced the TV Show Breaking Bad into my life. The show is dark, gritty, and funny in an I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened sort of way. Season 5 was the very last season, and the show wrapped up a few days after it received the last of its 10 primetime Emmys—a well-deserved win for Outstanding Drama Series. If you haven’t seen it, the show is about a terminally ill high school chemistry teacher who decides to start cooking crystal meth to leave money for his family before he dies. Then, well, let’s just say it escalates quickly from there. As of the time of this post, all 5 seasons are on Netflix (minus the last 8 episodes), so head on over there and binge watch it first. I’ll see you in a week.
While I don’t endorse the manufacturing and selling of crystal meth (after watching the show, I don’t know why anyone would try), I did find a few lessons that entrepreneurs can learn from the show. It may seem kind of odd to use a show filled with drugs and murder as the catalyst for entrepreneurship, but hey, there are lessons all around us.