Leaving a Legacy–Principles to Live By By: Jim Rohn

April 14th, 2014

You know me, I am a philosopher. I love principles. Yes, actions are great and I talk about them regularly, but the important stuff is what lies underneath—the principles.


Here are what I consider to be the principles that we must commit to if we are to leave the legacy we desire:

1. Life is best lived in service to others. This doesn't mean that we do not strive for the best for ourselves. It does mean that in all things we serve other people, including our family, co-workers and friends.

2. Consider others' interests as important as your own. Much of the world suffers simply because people consider only their own interests. People are looking out for number one, but the way to leave a legacy is to also look out for others.


3. Love your neighbor even if you don't like him. It is interesting that Jesus told us to love others. But he never tells us to like them. Liking people has to do with emotions. Loving people has to do with actions. And what you will find is that when you love them and do good by them, you will more often than not begin to like them.


4. Maintain integrity at all costs. There are very few things you take to the grave with you. The number one thing is your reputation and good name. When people remember you, you want them to think, "She was the most honest person I knew. What integrity." There are always going to be temptations to cut corners and break your integrity. Do not do it. Do what is right all of the time, no matter what the cost.

5. You must risk in order to gain. In just about every area of life you must risk in order to gain the reward. In love, you must risk rejection in order to ask that person out for the first time. In investing you must place your capital at risk in the market in order to receive the prize of a growing bank account. When we risk, we gain. And when we gain, we have more to leave for others.

6. You reap what you sow. In fact, you always reap more than you sow—you plant a seed and reap a bushel. What you give you get. What you put into the ground then grows out of the ground. If you give love you will receive love. If you give time, you will gain time. It is one of the truest laws of the universe. Decide what you want out of life and then begin to sow it.

7. Hard work is never a waste. No one will say, "It is too bad he was such a good, hard worker." But if you aren't they will surely say, "It's too bad he was so lazy—he could have been so much more!" Hard work will leave a grand legacy. Give it your all on your trip around the earth. You will do a lot of good and leave a terrific legacy.

8. Don't give up when you fail. Imagine what legacies would have never existed if someone had given up. How many thriving businesses would have been shut down if they quit at their first failure? Everyone fails. It is a fact of life. But those who succeed are those who do not give up when they fail. They keep going and build a successful life—and a legacy.

9. Don't ever stop in your pursuit of a legacy. Many people have accomplished tremendous things later on in life. There is never a time to stop in your pursuit of a legacy. Sometimes older people will say, "I am 65. I'll never change." That won't build a great life! No, there is always time to do more and achieve more, to help more and serve more, to teach more and to learn more. Keep going and growing that legacy!


These are core principles to live by if you want to become the kind of person who leaves a lasting legacy.


How to stop using your email inbox as a to-do list in 3 easy steps

April 14th, 2014

Office workers today send or receive an average of 120 emails a day, according to the Radicati Group. That’s one every four minutes. Is it any wonder productivity lowers as individuals manage bulging inboxes, spending time searching for that “one email” they know they just had a few days ago?

When email made its appearance, it did not come with an owner’s manual explaining how or when to use it. As a result, some of the habits formed using this amazing tool have been anti-productive ones, including using the inbox as a Virtual To-Do List.


Many emails left in inboxes represent a future task, action or appointment. Follow these three steps in identifying and relocating those emails that can and should be moved elsewhere.

1.  Detect those to be evicted

  • Scan your inbox, looking for emails that have been left there because they represent a future task or action. Examples might include:
  • Those containing agendas or reference items for future meetings
  • Travel confirmations
  • Emails representing future follow-up

2.  Declare Moving Day

  • Start the move. Decide where emails can be relocated.
  • An email containing an agenda for a future board meeting can easily be moved to the date/time of the meeting (just click and drag from the inbox to the calendar). On the day of the meeting these documents will now be easily accessed.
  • Travel confirmations should be moved to the day of travel. On departure day they will be easy to review, and print if necessary.
  • For those emails representing future tasks, drag the email to your Task feature in Outlook or Lotus Notes. Take time to assign a start date and include any other details pertaining to the task.
  • Note: Right-clicking on an email prior to dragging allows for any attachments to go with the email.

3.  Bid farewell

After dragging emails to where they will be used later, it’s important to return to the inbox to delete the original email. Have full confidence these important emails are now residing safely in their new home and are no longer needed in the inbox.


Take-Away Action

Begin setting aside 15 minutes each day to start the relocation process. Using a timer (chances are your cell phone has one) will help you keep your focus and be able to say no to interruptions. When the time is up, attention can be turned back to other projects competing for your attention.

Knowing emails will no longer get buried or overlooked will go a long ways in improving personal peace of mind not to mention productivity. 



Resilient, But to a Fault? By: Ethan Penner

April 14th, 2014

Like all human qualities, resilience can be both a good and a negative trait.  In its positive form resilience implies strength in the face of extreme challenge.  Everyone at one point faces extreme challenge, and for many it is unfortunately a more constant state.  Resilience is the trait that keeps us all upright in these times.  Resilience allows us to maintain hope, when there is no apparent cause for optimism. I’ve always regarded resilience as solely a positive quality, and have actually prided myself with having a reasonable amount.  Recently, however, I’ve begun to notice the downside of resilience, and have realized that it can be a quality that taken in the wrong direction can undermine one’s potential to experience fulfillment.

During the course of our lives we all encounter insults to our existence or our quality of life.  This may take many forms including having a boring or unfulfilling job or an abusive boss.  For many, especially in America today, this may mean a reduction in the standards and quality of the food we consume or the water we drink or the air we breathe.  For those living in urban cities these insults may be the result of overcrowding that might manifest in greater daily traffic delays or problems associated with trash disposal, or infrastructure that is not up to speed.  I live in New York City, and can personally attest to some of those issues.

To deal with these insults we often turn to resilience, steeling ourselves to be strong and to maintain a cheery outlook.  However, when I see the solid line of traffic backed up to enter the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey, or in LA sitting on the 405, I am far sadder for the people in their cars than I am impressed with their resilience.  I think that perhaps people ought to re-thing their life plan more carefully, use a bunch less resilience and consider another strategy – wholesale change!  Resilience in these circumstances takes the form described well with the phrase “Grin and bear it.”  Why, I ask, is this the correct choice?  What is admirable about this attitude?  To me it is really more akin to stubbornness that borders (if not completely intrudes into) stupidity.  In these instances our resilience is the enemy of our happiness and fulfillment.  It is our resilience that others can take advantage of and it is our resilience that blocks us from finding happiness and fulfillment.

To be clear, what keeps people in bad jobs or bad relationships, or what keeps us stuck in places that are not delivering us maximum fulfillment is our stubbornness that is also our resilience. We have been taught not to quit.  We have been taught the virtues of being tough, of sticking it out.  And, I definitely agree with those concepts… some of the time.  We must be smart enough to parse the times when resilience and a stick-to-it mentality serve us and when they obstruct us.

There is a fantastic commencement speech you can find on YouTube by a Harvard Business School professor named Deepak Malhotra where he tells the new graduates (beginning in the 11th minute of that speech) that finding happiness will involve quitting early and quitting often.  It is a highly worthwhile speech to listen to, and his message is basically to find your happiness and fulfillment, and to not let resilience or stubbornness or a lack of awareness obstruct you.



Demolition at Apple Campus 2 Site Yields Stunning Drone Photos

April 14th, 2014

What does 176 acres of (practically) bare land look like in Silicon Valley?

The website Apple Toolbox yielded stunning aerial images of the Apple Campus 2 site in Cupertino, where demolition now appears to be largely complete. The website is worth  linking to http://appletoolbox.com/2014/03/apples-campus-2-aerial-photos/ for more. 


The images show pretty much every building (some 2.6 million square feet worth) on the site has been torn down and that nearly all of the surface parking lot and hardscape has been torn out as well. (Pruneridge Avenue, which runs through the campus site, has not yet met its demise.) Brea-based NCM Demolition and Remediation started demolition late last year. Excavators are visible in some of the photos, still toiling away on the rubble. 


The scruffy collection of buildings that once filled the site, built over decades, will be replaced by something much different: A circular office building set amid a pastoral scene of apricot orchards and grassy fields, set back from public. The city of Cupertino's construction update page stats that earthwork and building construction are slated to begin in the second quarter of this year, with construction stretching into the end of 2016.


Office Development? Consider These Submarkets

April 14th, 2014

If you’re thinking about building office space in this cycle, you’d better dust off those blueprints and get back into the game soon, before it’s too late. The office cycle is about halfway through the recovery phase: Demand continues to rise and is expected to peak by 2015-16. Supply remains mostly concentrated in a handful of markets, rent growth finally cracked the 3% level last year, and NOI growth should return in 2014.

All this means that projects kicking up dirt this year will deliver -- and more importantly, stabilize -- just in time, before fundamentals unwind.  It’s a good start, but this eclectic list offers varying opportunities. Major markets such as Boston and Chicago fared well, but LA dominated the list with five submarkets that met our criteria. The LA metro as a whole has been a late-recovery market with little new office development to date, but West LA has fared better, thanks to larger concentrations of tech and entertainment tenants. Also, NIMBY-ism in the form of height restrictions and general community opposition to large projects means that if you can start a project, competition will be limited. 


If you’re betting on job growth in the entertainment industry, Century City and Burbank are good targets. Pricing on top buildings is north of $600 per square foot in these submarkets, which is more than 10 times the current asking rent for top space, suggesting pricing is at levels that exceed replacement cost.  Denver’s Southeast Corridor, which includes both the Denver Tech Center and Meridian submarkets, also makes a compelling case for new office development. The Denver Tech Center is the more mature of the two and offers better connections to the rest of the metro.

While it is largely built out, assembling outdated flex/R&D, low-quality office space or retail space for new development for redevelopment would not be that difficult. Only one 4- or 5-Star property has delivered here over the past decade, and a new property could command a significant rent premium over the competition.  Other secondary markets, including Seattle and Orange County, also make the list, but are less than ideal. For example, Seattle’s CBD will soon have a couple of large projects underway, limiting opportunities, and Orange County’s Irvine Spectrum makes a great case for development, but ownership is dominated by the Irvine Company.