Getting There: A Book of Mentors

By Gillian Zoe Segal


Thirty stories of success condensed into one book. The author interviewed people from a variety of fields–subjects include Warren Buffett, Sara Blakely, and Laird Hamilton. Each person describes their own journey to the top. A common theme throughout the book is overcoming adversity. Many of these people went outside the traditional systems, often on their own or with little support. The word “self-help manual” comes to mind.

My notes for this book are a little different than usual. I read each story looking for one good quote from every person. The ones I liked best are below. If you read this book, you might come away with entirely different insights than I did. Be sure to check out the pictures. The author photographed every interviewee in their workspace. It’s a small but fascinating window into their lives. Continue reading “Getting There: A Book of Mentors”


Friday 5 – May 27

Happy Friday! Another week gone by means another update on the things I’ve been reading, seeing, doing, hearing, or whatever verb best describes the action I took with a particular item.

What I’m listening to: Star Wars Headspace

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Motion Pictures

Do you ever feel like you’re in a movie? Walking down a street, or sitting at a bar, are you ever struck with a sense that you’re in a dramatic moment? Like, suddenly a car chase is unfolding in front of you, or you’re a private eye and the guy at the end of the bar has some information but he looks like the sort who won’t give it up until you smash your beer bottle and point the shard at his throat and make it clear that you mean business. That ever happen to you? Continue reading “Motion Pictures”

Video Breakdown: Lightning-Penguins Game 4

I spent four years as a video coach for a minor league hockey team. My job was to cue up the video, then sit back and let the coaches analyze it. It wasn’t a glamorous job, and the pay was meager (they fed me), but I consider it to be one of the best experiences of my life.

For one thing, I got to give away free tickets, which is probably the only reason I have any friends. More importantly, I observed how professional hockey coaches watch the game. Their analysis is very different from what you get from TV commentators. Those film sessions taught me to look for details beyond who scored the goal and who passed him the puck. I learned that credit and blame for goals was not always obvious. Continue reading “Video Breakdown: Lightning-Penguins Game 4”