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Live Life Love | Volume Thirty-Six

Hi Everyone,

So this was not the way I wanted to start the next chapter. As many of you know — and I regretfully inform those who do not — my brother Brian passed away sometime within 24 hours of my hitting send on the previous Live Life Love newsletter. A surreal coincidence to know that as I reported to you how much I enjoyed the experience that he and I had shared, there would never be an opportunity to share another experience with him again. As you might expect, Brian’s death has led to some pretty deep introspection the past few months. As a result, this is a difficult newsletter to write this quarter. The words are not flowing. I could try to end with some catchy quote about life and/or death, but that would be the easy route. The experience has opened an uninvited path to some deep work on my thoughts about the meaning of contribution and legacy. I hope to evolve this “project” into something much bigger than a personal platform. However, for this particular installment I have to go back to basics, which is just remembering to breathe.

Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: This quarter’s interview is a compilation about “big data” analytics with four exceptional thought leaders: Jafar Adibi, Ph.D., the President, Co-founder, and CTO of re|unify; Jeffrey Cooper, the Senior Manager of Business Development at Samsung; Mark Newman, the President of Heads Up Analytics; and Keith Catanzano, a Partner at 2River Consulting Group. My collaborative interview focusing on business issues involving “big data” can be read here.

Health and Wellness: My health and wellness interview this quarter is with Dr. Henry DePhillips, who is the Chief Medical Officer of Teladoc. Prior to Teladoc, Dr. DePhillips was the Chief Medical Officer at MEDecision. He also previously served as the Head of Business Development for McKinsey’s international Health Systems Institute, as well as served as Sr. Medical Director at Independence Blue Cross of Pennsylvania. My interview with Dr. DePhillips about telemedicine and telehealth can be read by clicking here.

Life Experience: This quarter I traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, and checked out the American Visionary Art Museum. The museum showcases art from artists who are primarily self-taught. As such, much of the art and installations revealed the personal vision of the artist, rather than following standard conventions.

American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, Maryland
American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, Maryland

Contribution: My friend Alex lost his wife Samantha to cancer on November 1, 2013. She was a free spirit and certainly would be at home at the American Visionary Art Museum. When she passed, she left behind an unfinished album of songs, and it was bittersweet to be part of a Kickstarter campaign to get it finished. If you would like to learn more about it, or potentially contribute yourself, you can do so by clicking here.

I would like to conclude by simply saying thank you to the many of you that reached out to me and/or my family these past few months. The warmth that was bestowed upon us was overwhelming and helped us tremendously navigate through this difficult time. I love my brother very much, and take solace that his spirit will be interwoven into this effort as I continue forward. Borrowing from his humility and sense of adventure, I will do my best to increase the utility of information this project provides, as well as seek out new experiences that are worthy of sharing — carrying his memory with me.

In health,
Dr. Rucker

P.S. Again, for those of you that knew Brian, my hope is that this is not the medium you are finding out about his passing. Brian’s obituary is available online here.

Live Life Love | Volume Thirty-Five

Hi Everyone,

Roy Amara, a systems engineer who worked at the Stanford Research Institute, is credited for establishing Amara’s Law: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run, and underestimate the effect in the long run. This sentiment has now been repackaged by many in motivational and coaching occupations and repurposed to serve as a testament of our inability to accurately estimate human effort. Back in March 2011, I indicated it was the beginning of a new chapter. Today, six years later, I am grateful to share that chapter is closed. The starting line was no job, no kids and an ambitious goal. The finish line is a Ph.D., two healthy kids and recently being honored as one of the top 50 influencers in digital health. Unfortunately, there is no secret sauce to share. Advice from Gary V. and Grant Cardone failed me. Instead, I found diligently and constantly working smarter was better (for me, at least) than trying to work harder. I truly respect those that hustle, but in the final analysis of this “chapter,” when I gunned it looking for short-term wins I consistently fell flat (maybe why I have always been terrible at sales). This long play, though — pretty happy with the end result.

Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: This quarter’s interview is with John Gengarella. John is a Harvard graduate, well-known for customer-centric design and application development. In 2015, John was appointed the CEO of Netpulse, one of the market leaders in mobile technology for the fitness industry. My interview with John focusing on the business of fitness technology can be read here.

Health and Wellness: My interview around health and wellness this quarter is with Jill Gilbert. Jill is a lifelong entrepreneur. She created the first comprehensive online directory and resource for senior care, Gilbert Guide. Jill also produces the Digital Health Summit at CES, as well as several other prominent digital health events year round. My interview with Jill about health technology can be read by clicking here.

Life Experience: I traveled to Jackson, New Jersey, to log this quarter’s life experience, which was to ride the largest roller coaster in the world, the Kingda Ka. Reaching a height of 456 feet, there is not a taller roller coaster in existence. I got to enjoy the experience with my brother, which made it even better.

Kingda Ka roller coaster

Contribution: Some great opportunities to log contribution this quarter, which is always gratifying. I was a benefactor for the following charities: Dare to Bare, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and March for Babies.

If you feel like contributing this week, here is a good deed that will not cost you a thing. One of my neighbors here in Alameda, Dan Goldfield, is extremely passionate and selfless about helping others. He teaches at-risk youth and is trying to get a small grant from Farmers Insurance to take his students to the Point Reyes National Seashore. If this is something you can get behind, please think about supporting him with a vote by clicking here (you need to search Alameda, CA, for his name to come up). You can vote once every day for the next week.

Wishing you a very prosperous summer. Reach out if you are up for a burrito and/or a beer. I have a little more time for either/both than I have had the past few years and I’m really looking forward to the next chapter. Hope to see you in it.

In health,
Dr. Rucker

Live Life Love | Volume Thirty-Four

Hi Everyone,

I hope 2016 has been amazing for you so far. If you wanted to make a change this year, New Year’s resolution or otherwise, and your motivation has slipped to the point that progress has stalled, remember this: when we engage in any behavior, motivation is only half of it. The other half is ability. Motivation is easy to stimulate, but — unfortunately for many — hard to maintain. Ability is our capacity to engage in a particular behavior. Ability is not simply skill, but the overall ease at which the behavior can be performed. So if you are feeling stuck, and motivation is not doing it for you, try making your path to success easier. We all have a limited capacity to pump ourselves up, but through a host of creative strategies we can almost always increase our ability to perform a desired behavior. This can be done through environmental changes. For instance, if I want to eat healthier meals I can stock my house with only healthy foods (thereby increasing my ability to eat healthy). Or, if I want to run a marathon I can start with achieving a 5 or 10 kilometer race until I build up the needed skill/mastery to achieve a marathon (reengineering the goal to match my current ability). Toying with the ability variable (in the Fogg Behavior Model) is often overlooked because it is goal/behavior specific and motivation is sexier and easier to sell. The good news is when motivation begins to fail us we still have other tools to stack the deck in our favor.

Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The interview this quarter is with Dr. Edgar Schein who is one of the most prominent organizational development figureheads alive. He earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University and later went on to teach at MIT. Dr. Schein is considered one of the godfathers of organizational culture. My interview with Dr. Edgar Schein centered around organizational culture is available by clicking here.

Health and Wellness: This quarter’s health and wellness interview is with Dr. Mitesh Patel who is well known for his research on behavioral economics, where he and his colleagues are discovering innovative ways to elicit and improve healthy behavior. Dr. Patel has been featured on NPR, CNN and in The New York Times. Click here to read my interview with Dr. Mitesh Patel about using rewards and incentives to elicit behavior change and improve health.

Life Experience: Orlando, Florida, was the stage for this quarter’s life experience(s). I spent several days exploring International Drive, which is full of interesting things to see and do. I made my way to the Orlando Eye and WonderWorks (pictured) which is an exploratory museum where the exterior has been built to look like the entire building is upside-down.

WonderWorks | Orlando, Florida

Contribution: For contribution this quarter, it was my pleasure to start the year’s philanthropic efforts by donating to AIDS/LifeCycle 2016 on behalf of Justin, as well as making another donation to Augie’s Quest in support of ALS research.

This newsletter marks entry into the second third of the Live Life Love Project. Moving into next quarter, I find myself on mile 25 of my doctoral marathon. By the time I publish next quarter’s edition I’ll have a doctorate. If a 43-year-old hack like myself can get a Ph.D. then I assure you, anything you want is within reach. May you find the finish line for every worthy pursuit you embark on.

In health,
Michael

Live Life Love | Volume Thirty-Three

Hi Everyone,

It has been an intense, yet immensely rewarding year. I’m looking forward to 2016 where a lot of the work I’ve done on employee well-being, discussed often through these quarterly newsletters, will begin to expand. In the spirit of increasing productivity and well-being — and helping you make 2016 the best year yet — I have asked readers to leave their best productivity tip (in the comment section below). The last time I asked for good tips, the best suggestion I got (in my opinion) was to modify your email signature in a way to give the appearance that all outgoing email sent from you is via your mobile device — making it more socially acceptable to reply with brief messages. A bit sneaky, but extremely effective.

Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: This quarter’s business interview is with Kate Matsudaira. Kate has held leadership positions in companies such as Decide (acquired by eBay), Moz and Amazon.com. In 2013, Kate started her own company Popforms, which was acquired by O’Reilly Media in June 2014. My interview with Kate Matsudaira about productivity and work is available here.  

Health and Wellness: This quarter’s health and wellness interview is with Laura Putnam. Laura is a well-respected consultant, trainer and speaker on the topic of workplace wellness. She also writes on the topic for publications such as The New York Times and Entrepreneur, as well as authoring the book “Workplace Wellness That Works.” My interview with Laura Putnam about the topic of employee well-being is available here.

Life Experience: This quarter I went to the Rise Festival in Nevada. The Rise Festival is an artistic gathering attracting over 10,000 people from all over to send lanterns into the sky in unison. Words do not do it justice; got to see the video.

Contribution: My social contribution this quarter was to You Are Super Duper, whose aim is to help kids with serious illnesses and long-term afflictions have some fun through creating amazing and rewarding experiences.

I wish you limitless joy and prosperity throughout 2016. At the risk of sounding repetitive, I would like to thank you again for taking a look at this newsletter each quarter. It’s been really fun so far, and I feel fortunate that it has coalesced into something more meaningful and rewarding than its original design. If I can ever give back, please let me know.

In health,
Michael

P.S. For those of you going to IHRSA next year, please consider attending my session on workplace wellness. I’d love to see you there.

Live Life Love | Volume Thirty-Two

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had an amazing, healthy summer. It was a whirlwind for me — working hard and playing hard — and I am always grateful that this project forces me to pause and reflect. It serves as a reminder that experiencing fulfillment is sometimes better served by remembering to relax and relish in moments, rather than trying to race to the next goal. Although the rewards of delayed gratification are undeniable, it is a myth that this approach is mutually exclusive with immediate gratification (note: in psychology there is a distinction between gratification and “easy pleasures”). I struggle personally with the inherent tension between the merits of a “Well-Planned Life” in contrast to a “Summoned Life” — although as I move along in life I find myself more aligned with the latter. The research around flow certainly suggests that happiness and well-being favor those who find engagement in the present.

Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: This quarter’s business interview is with Al Lewis. Al is an outspoken voice in health care and workplace wellness. He is the author of several books and held several senior positions at different health-related organizations. Al’s latest endeavor Quizzify guarantees health-care savings for the organizations it serves. My interview with Al Lewis about the return on investment of corporate wellness programs is available here.

Health and Wellness: This quarter’s health and wellness interview is with Drew Schiller. Drew is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Validic, a health and wellness technology company that operates as digital health’s Rosetta Stone for disparate health data. He is a true digital-health thought leader. My interview with Drew Schiller about the future of digital health is available here.

Life Experience: As I referenced earlier, a lot of life experience took place this summer. One of the highlights, and an experience I recommend, was a visit to Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston is a beautiful city, so this is only one of many reasons to visit.

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art

Contribution: To give back this quarter, I contributed (as part of a group) to get a friend a new wheelchair. I also donated to Team Rubicon, which is an organization that matches the skills of military veterans with emergency first responders to enhance the capabilities of response teams, and I donated a pair of eyeglasses to the Lions Clubs International.

I really appreciate all the positive feedback regarding the new format, and as always I appreciate you allowing me to share with you this quarter. My hope is you find the rest of your year prosperous.

In health,
Michael

Live Life Love | Volume Thirty-One

Hello Everyone,

As I indicated last quarter, I am trying out a new format that respects brevity and is more in line with the way most people consume communication nowadays. Both interviewees this quarter are remarkable in their own right, but also quite special to me personally and have been extremely influential in my personal development. One as a mentor, and the other as a father. I am honored to share their wisdom with you, which is available by way of the links below.

Health and Wellness Interview
This quarter’s health and wellness interview is with (my dad) Dr. Robert Rucker. Dr. Rucker is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Nutrition and the School of Medicine at the University of California at Davis. My interview with Dr. Robert Rucker about nutrition and academics can be found here.

Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Interview
This quarter’s business interview is with Bill McBride. Bill is a long-time health and wellness industry veteran and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for IHRSA, a Board Member on ACE’s Industry Advisory Panel, and currently serves as a Medical Wellness Advisor for the Medical Wellness Association. My interview with Bill McBride about the future of the fitness delivery business can be found here.

Life Experience
This quarter’s life experience was attending Dark Lord Day in Indiana with my brother.

Dark Lord Beer Festival 2015

This massive craft beer event is the only day one can buy Three Floyds’ Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout. It is a beer festival where a massive amount of brew enthusiasts from around the world bring their best bottles to share with one another for free. If you go you can expect to meet other beer lovers, enjoy good food, listen to great live music and drink way too many awesome craft beers from all over the globe.

Contribution
For contribution this quarter, I made a donation to assist Free the Slaves and Lotus Circle International in an effort to complete restoration work needed at a human trafficking shelter in India.

Wishing you all a fantastic summer ahead! In the spirit of Father’s Day my summer is off to a great start, as my wife and I welcomed our second child, Archer, into the world last month.

Archer Rucker

Also, I am proud to announce I have become the health technology correspondent for About.com. As always, grateful you made it to the end. See you in the fall.

In health,
Michael

Live Life Love | Volume Thirty

Hello Everyone,

Starting next quarter I am going to fundamentally change the format of this newsletter, but before I do that I wanted to write one last traditional post. I also want to make sure for those that do not have time to read this entire post, I at least have a chance to express my gratitude for sticking with me through these seven plus years. I usually leave life experience for the end of this newsletter, but in the context of this one I feel having it up front is appropriate. This month I made the cover of Club Solutions with the rest of the Active Sports Clubs leadership team.

Active Sports Clubs Dream Team | Club Solutions | 2015

For those of you that have been with me since the start, you will remember I began Live Life Love back in 2007 to ensure I did not lose sight of my passion for wellness as my career was pulling me in another direction. In 2011, I unabashedly asked for help to stay the course as my position at SBT Group was moved offshore to France. In 2015, through a long road of grinding and hustling, humbling experiences, and late nights, I have now arrived at my proverbial 10,000 hours. I am a sought out expert in the area of workplace wellness and proud of where I sit today.  

One thing I have realized along the way is I do not make a good Napolean Hill, Jim Rohn… or even a Matt Foley for that matter. While I have a pretty solid track record as a marketer, in sales I bat about average. As my good friend and past interviewee Jeff Atkinson put it, “you are living an extraordinary life, and you can talk circles around bull$h!t, but I still don’t know what you DO… or WHY?” Funny Jeff, and fair play. I have gotten this far basically mumbling to myself and taking you all along for the ride. It is time to take this project to a different level. Serendipitously the three things I know best are clearly tenets of successful employee wellness programs: strategic communication, foundational physical & psychological well-being, and technology. The “why” is easy for me to answer: I get off on seeing people thrive and flourish and want to spend the rest of my life finding ways to do this that scale. The “do” is still a work in progress but I am heading in the right direction and moving quicker each year — in large part from the opportunity you have given me to check-in with you once every three months.

I committed back in 2007 to seeing this through to the end, and I am a man of my word; however I don’t have much more to share in the line of general anecdotes. In this area you are better served by someone else. Although spirituality is clearly a key part of wellness, it is also sacred and personal so as a practice guideline I shy away from open discourse in this area. However, in developing my own concept of spirituality, one thing that is clear for my personal growth is that the pursuit of maximizing meaningful experience has continued to give me greater context. Similar to an artist broadening their palette to create, I have benefited from having an expanding repertoire of concepts to pull from while innovating new ideas. This quarter is no exception and I was quite fortunate to learn from the following two brilliant individuals.

This quarter’s health and wellness interview is with James Pshock who is the president and founder of Bravo Wellness. James is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner, a committee member of HERO, and a thought leader in the area of workplace wellness. My interview with James Pshock on the topic of workplace wellness can be found here.

This quarter’s entrepreneurial interview is with Dr. Chris Bingham who is an award-winning professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina. He received his PhD in strategy, organizations and entrepreneurship from Stanford University. My interview with Dr. Chris Bingham about fostering innovation can be found here.

Contribution this quarter came in the form of a couple random acts of kindness. Someone I do not really know reached out to a general audience asking for support in his effort to Spin4Kids …exercise for a good cause …I obliged; it made his day. I was also moved deeply by the story of Kayla Mueller. I’m not going to go too deep into her story here, you can read about her by using the link I’ve provided. I will simply say the world needs more people like Kayla, and we need to talk more about people like Kayla, and consume less manufactured news. The world already has more Kaylas than most of us believe, yet these exceptional people are only heralded during tragedy, in contrast to hooligans whose actions seem to be promulgated constantly through every media channel confusing eager minds that notoriety is somehow on par with legacy. In honor of Kayla I donated to Kayla’s Hands.

When I switch to the new format any personal updates will likely be few and far between, so in closing I’d like to vaunt that over the next 12 months Anna and I will be proudly welcoming a new son into this world, and I will also finally finish my PhD. I owe so much to the people that read this: my friends, my family, my colleagues. I am not delusional. I am at where I am today because I asked for and received help. A special thanks to those that have hung around this far but have little personal interest in wellness and/or entrepreneurship. Thanks so much for being a part of the ride up until now. For those of you that stay with me I stay committed to bringing you awesome content from remarkable thought leaders and will continue to keep my blog updated regarding contribution and life experience for those of you who might want to check-in from time to time to see how that is still going (or better yet, who want to join along on an adventure or two).

I hope your 2015 is off to an epic start and that you continue to flourish throughout the year.

In health,
Michael
@PerformBetter

Live Life Love | Volume Twenty-Nine

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year’s Eve! I don’t want to take time away from you celebrating with friends and family so I’ll keep this quarterly update brief. I was able to nail down some pretty awesome interviews this quarter, especially if you are interested in building great products or are a fan of elite fitness. So if you are interested in either of these two things when you have a little more time, please come back to this post.

In the meantime, I leave you with this: Always find a way back to your youthful spirit. There was a great New York Times article in October titled What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set? that outlined the work of Dr. Ellen Langer. Langer’s work suggests that when we believe (in our mind) we are younger than we are, our body follows. Dr. Langer’s work has been criticized by some for a lack of rigor, but was just validated by another age related study out of the University College London that suggests those who feel younger live longer than those who do not.

So tonight, as you ring in the New Year, remember to play. Laugh with your partner about something silly; let your child tickle you this time; when you walk your dog, skip instead of walk. Smile. It is clear more than ever that our personalities and experiences shape our destinies. Great experiences generally do not interrupt your life or happen on their own; you have to seek them out. Find them.

Wishing you a joyful and prosperous 2015, and a year full of wonderful new experiences!

Entrepreneurship: This quarter’s entrepreneurial interview is with Nir Eyal whose new book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products just debuted on the Wall Street Journal business bestseller list. My five questions with Nir Eyal about the Hook Model and product development can be found here.

Health and Wellness: This quarter’s health and wellness interview is with Ben Greenfield who is also a best-selling author. His current book, “Beyond Training,” is in stores now and his “Get-Fit Guy” podcasts are available on iTunes. My five questions with Ben Greenfield about elite fitness and endurance training can be found here.

Contribution: This quarter’s contribution was by way of donation, in support of Kelly’s effort to Run to Feed the Hungry. This is an annual event that benefits the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services in its mission to feed the less fortunate.

Life Experience: This quarter I fed my passion for corporate wellness with a visit to the Nike corporate campus in Beaverton, Oregon. Nike is an impressive organization that really exemplifies the rewards a company can reap when there is meaning behind the company’s mission and vision: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. *If you have a body, you are an athlete.

Mike Rucker at the Nike Corporate Campus, 2014

Thank you for reading. Again, may your year ahead be full of wonder and joy.

Warm regards,
Michael

Live Life Love | Volume Twenty-Eight

Hello Everyone,

It’s been a great summer for me, and I hope the same is true for you. I was able to connect with a lot of old friends over the past few months, something I had not done for some time because frankly I had not made it a priority. What a mistake.

This month I met up with an old friend from high school, Mike D., whom I had not seen for decades and had a brilliant lunch. We shared our aspirations of leaving the world a better place, and he described that notion in mathematical terms: finding ways to increase the Global X. This idea has stuck with me since. I have always liked the Elizabeth Lesser quote, “Look for a way to lift someone up. If that’s all you do, it’s enough.” However, thinking about global flourishing in terms of increasing the Global X resonates higher with me, since I tend to think of things in quantitative terms.

Solving for some sort of Global X highlights the beauty that no matter what part you are playing in helping others, whether it’s a big or small role, in the end you are a purveyor of good, moving the same Universal needle as everyone who stands with you — those that understand that our purpose here is to learn and help one another. So I dedicate this quarter’s newsletter to friendship and increasing the Global X. This quarter’s interviews covering business and wellness are below.

Entrepreneurship: This quarter’s entrepreneurial interview is with Ben Rubin who is the cofounder of Change Collective, a mobile product that help users with behavior change. Prior to Change Collective, Ben helped launch the company Zeo, maker of one of the first commercial sleep-tracking devices. My  five questions with Ben Rubin about launching a new product can be found here.

Health and Wellness: This quarter’s health and wellness interview is with Craig DeLarge who just concluded his tenure as Global Leader of Multichannel Marketing Strategy & Innovation for Merck to pursue opportunities in the digital mental health space. My five questions with Craig DeLarge about the future of digital mental health can be found here.

Life Experience: Continuing with the theme of friendship, I have two life experiences to share this quarter. First, my friend Jill was visiting Vermont and picked me up a Heady Topper so that I could complete the personal challenge of drinking the “best beer in America,” which I discussed a couple of quarter’s ago. That was so thoughtful, and Heady Topper lives up to its reputation.

Heady Topper vs. Pliny the Elder

The other life experience came while visiting my friend Nate in New Jersey, I stopped by New York to see the Statue of Liberty. It was great seeing Nate; even though we only spent a couple hours together reminiscing about our quick visit still makes me smile.

Statue of Liberty

Contribution: There is no harm in being a lemming when it is for a good cause, so of course I got sucked into the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge craze thanks to another long time friend Joe.

I also contributed to Pat’s effort to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and made a donation to the Midway Shelter for Abused Women and Children.

In the spirit of friendship, I wish you a great fall season with your friends and family. I look forward to checking in with you again around the holidays. As always, thanks for reading.

Warm regards,
Michael

Live Life Love | Volume Twenty-Seven

Hello Everyone,

I hope your summer is off to an excellent start. With summer here there are better things to do than read email, so I am going to make this quarter’s note short. Someone recently shared with me that most endeavors in life are like making sausage, the quality of something you create is only as good as the ingredients you put in and the methods you use. Moreover, if you want beef sausage, you don’t put in chicken, you use quality beef.

As silly and simplistic as this sounds it has stuck with me. I’m not getting any younger and I’ve still got a dent I’d like to make in the Universe. Not staying focused (filler) and engaging in activities that do not move me forward are getting in the way of worthy pursuits. Letting ill will fester, self-loathing, or reading some negative news story on my phone when I could be paying attention to my daughter creating the most glorious Mega Bloks castle is building terrible sausage. That’s not to say one cannot have fun. They don’t call spontaneity and adventure the “spice of life” for nothing. Anyway, today forward I recommit to making better sausage.

Health and Wellness: This quarter’s health and wellness interview is with Bob Summers who is one of the founders of Fitnet which is a company that helps individuals achieve their health goals by providing easy-to-access fitness sessions through a mobile device. Apple recently just announced a new framework called HealthKit to help developers build better wellness apps. My interview with Bob Summers about Apple’s new HealthKit (and health apps in general) can be found here.

Entrepreneurship: This quarter’s entrepreneurial interview is with Brad Bowery about co-working environments and personal networking. Brad is the former Chief Executive Officer of SRECTrade and has recently become a partner of Founders Den, which is an innovative shared coworking office space helping other entrepreneurs take their companies to the next level. My interview with Brad Bowery about coworking space can be found here.

Life Experience: As I alluded last quarter, this quarter’s life experience was quite exciting as I got to knock off another World Wonder, and I also got to attend a traditional Indian wedding. Although the former is fun with regards to bragging rights, attending the wedding outshined the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal | Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India | 2014

If you ever have an opportunity to attend a traditional Indian wedding in India don’t pass it up! It was a true privilege and an exceptional experience.

Contribution: This quarter I contributed to Ruby’s effort with Global Glimpse which is a nonprofit organization who each year sponsors over 500 students to learn more about developing countries and culminates in an educational trip to Latin America. Through this program, Global Glimpse strives to create generations of global citizens who are not only aware of the world’s problems, but also deeply invested in solving them.

As promised, keeping it short this time; I hope you get the chance to make great sausage this summer too!

Warm regards,
Michael