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Ben, Father of 3 — Comfortable, but Not Free

Ben and I went to college together. He is married and has 3 young kids. He works full-time in real estate development. His wife works full-time in public relations. Ben and I connected the other day about fatherhood, work, family, and building a more balanced life.

Ben is in it…

“I quit”

I received a text this morning from a friend and former MBA classmate who works in strategy consulting. We’ll call her Nancy.

“I am giving my notice today,” the text read. “And I thought about you and your decision to pause, to do something different with your life. …

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Dear Self,

If you’re reading this, you’re feeling lost. Or overwhelmed. Or stuck.

You’re not thinking straight. You can’t relax. You seek clarity.

Listen up. All you have to do is remember a few things. It’s really quite simple.

Take care of your body

  • Exercise more. Run and hike.
  • Spend time in nature.
  • Eat well…

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We can dissect Hamilton on many levels — lessons, history/politics, words/writing, singing/acting, etc. But that's not what this post is about.

Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is a story about how to live a life of significance and meaning.

“America, You Great Unfinished Symphony, You Sent For Me. You Let Me…

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I’ve talked to quite a few people lately about career challenges.

Some people are struggling to find their purpose.

Others are struggling with fulfillment. Some are having difficulty resisting the temptation to chase money.

Two women I talked to this week said they’re looking for ideas on how they can…

Money is everywhere

It’s found its way into virtually all aspects of our society and our lives.

It’s polluting our democracy, our oceans, our education system, and our police forces.

It’s taken over our bodies — our brains, our thoughts, and our hearts.

Money is consuming our lives.

It’s consuming our society and…

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In December 2019, I quit my job at Pinterest.

I’d had a great run. I spent 12 years building, marketing, and selling products to help advertisers spend their money as efficiently as possible. I got my MBA while working full-time. I built a very comfortable life.

I really loved online advertising, at first. I was building the primary monetization…

I want the best for you. I truly do.

I want you to get to a place in your life where you can focus on self-actualization. This is the top of Maslow’s pyramid —where you are able to focus on your desire to become the most that you can be.

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Last year, my life was way out of whack.

I was not living with intention. I was not feeling fulfilled. I was not living my best life. I had to make a change.

I was at a natural inflection point — I’d recently finished a three-year evening/weekend MBA, and still…

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The one democratic principle is that “the end of all government is the happiness of the People…the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the point to be obtained.” John Adams, 1781

“The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” Thomas Jefferson, 1809


Jefferson and Adams famously didn’t agree on much. …

Sean MacMannis

I write about empowering creators and becoming the best version of yourself. Dad 2x. SF-based.

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