Early birthday surprise! My soon-to-be subway stop, Belmont. (Taken with Instagram)
PARIS, FRANCE: 10:00 last night in front of the Grand Palais. This time of year the twilights are long and the colors delicious.
People really don’t like to hear success explained away as luck — especially successful people. As they age, and succeed, people feel their success was somehow inevitable. They don’t want to acknowledge the role played by accident in their lives. There is a reason for this: the world does not want to acknowledge it either.
Life’s outcomes, while not entirely random, have a huge amount of luck baked into them. Above all, recognize that if you have had success, you have also had luck — and with luck comes obligation. You owe a debt, and not just to your Gods. You owe a debt to the unlucky.
Instead of giving its annual award to one person, TED announced that it will be giving small grants to 10 user-submitted projects on the city of the future.
Big thumbs up to this.