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“Portrait of John Jay Osborn, Jr.” Leica Monochrom M.

The man in this photo changed my life. And I had never met him.

He did it by penning this line in his 1971 bestselling book, The Paper Chase: “You come in here with a skull full of mush, and you leave thinking like a lawyer.” I loved the idea of rewiring my brain to think with speed and precision – and I loved the idea of attending Harvard Law School (HLS).

I was up in Maine at a Navy squadron at the time and hopped in my car and drove to Harvard to walk the grounds and visit the Law School. As a state college graduate, getting into HLS would be no easy feat but I bought the LSAT prep books and committed myself to trying. Long story short, I ended up applying to HBS instead. Turned out it was a good decision for me, but I would never have even considered applying if it hadn’t had been for the inspiration of The Paper Chase. And it did “rewire” my brain (mostly for the better).

Many years later (and over a decade ago), I would tell the story of that book and the role of serendipity in our lives at new hire orientation at my first start-up (Military.com). And one day, a new hire named Sam raised his hand and said that he had something to say. It was kind of unusual for people to have questions during my “Paper Chase” story. Anyway, Sam said, “My father wrote that book!” I couldn’t believe it. Such a coincidence. But it gets better.

A few months later, I’m out in SF and am introduced to a young lady named Meredith. For some reason, I relate this story to her and she says, “Sam is my brother!” Two Osborn’s in the same year. It turns out that their father lives and teaches in San Francisco, and I got the chance to spend time with him. He’s an incredibly gracious, brilliant and funny man.

Well, it had been many years since I had last seen John. But that changed today over a wonderful catch-up lunch at The Cavalier. He’s as wonderful and interesting as ever – and is about to publish a great new book.

Well, you might wonder, why we decided to meet again after so many years? I was just in Santa Fe taking a photographic workshop and one of the women in class asked if “Sam Osborn” had worked at my company. Yes, the Osborn’s strike again!

Did you ever feel like the universe was trying to tell you something?

If you haven’t read or seen The Paper Chase, you should. It might just change your life.

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“Sky Lantern”  Bali, Indonesia.
The idea of writing a wish, a hope, a worry, or a remembrance and letting it float beyond sight is such a compelling metaphor. It’s a ritual of letting go. A ritual of sharing the burden of life’s inevitable complexity with the universe. And whether you are an atheist or a monk, letting go just feels good.

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Mysterious Bali & Borobudur.  125 free high-res downloads (cc by 2.0)
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“The Regular” Leica Monochrom M. Blue Bottle Coffee, Mint Plaza.

If you’re an early riser and love Blue Bottle Coffee, you’ve probably seen Bob. He’s almost always the first person in line at 7am.

For Bob, it’s all about the rituals. He always orders an “extra-chocolate, extra-hot, hot-chocolate”. He sits in the front left seat at the picture window. He hangs his white Panama hat on a portable-peg that he brings with him. He always has a book, headphones, and a collection of highlighters. He sits quietly in that corner for two hours a day – going through two chapters and two drinks. He never has to explain his order – everyone knows.

Seeing Bob is important. His routines are like a calming metronome in an otherwise chaotic city.

He’s the Regular.
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Fire at the Ubud Market. Bali. March 24, 2016.
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O god it seems electric wiring was shortcircuit , people r crazy they does electricity division themselves without knowledge 
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  • Dale Carnegie
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    Managing Director, 2007 - present
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Emperor Penguin Picture, Gould Bay - National Geographic Photo of the Day
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An emperor penguin bursts from frigid water in Gould Bay, Antarctica, in this National Geographic Photo of the Day.

Hello, Hola, Bonjour, Buongiorno, Bom dia, Guten... | Flickr on Tumblr
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Hello, Hola, Bonjour, Buongiorno, Bom dia, Guten Tag, 你好 Flickr! Good morning, good evening - wherever you may be on this planet and Happy M

Memories: The Currency of our Lives by Christopher Michel
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Photographer, writer and entrepreneur Christopher Michel (@chrismichel) talks about making memories and how traveling with Backroads has enr

HBS Alum Series: Christopher Michel
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Navy. HBS. Serial Entrepreneur. Christopher Michel is an American investor, he is an entrepreneur, a Navy man, a photojournalist, an author

Hipsters of San Francisco! by Christopher Michel
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Christopher Michel shows that his hometown San Francisco definitely has its fair share of hipsters. Although these lovely, eccentric people

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Sentry safe customer service tries to help you open your safe with a rubber mallet, WD-40, and a screwdriver. Then they offer you 10% off on

The Iceberg Graveyard
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See the best pictures and most popular photo galleries from Outside Online. See the best gear photos, adventure travel photos, extreme sport

Balloons Over Bagan
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Outside Online's Travel page features adventure travel articles and reviews of both local and remote destinations

Balloons Over Bagan: Flying High Above the Ancient Kingdom
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Christopher Michel tries out his new Nikon D800E in Myanmar.

Ushuaia: The End of the World
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Outside Online's Travel page features adventure travel articles and reviews of both local and remote destinations

Modern Nuclear Family
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My best moment of 2012 took place in the deep desert of Black Rock City during the Burning Man Festival. While wandering through a dust stor

Unlikely entrepreneur gives Cozad lecture | News-Gazette.com
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CHAMPAIGN — Christopher Michel called himself an unlikely candidate to deliver the V. Dale Cozad Lecture in Entrepreneurship.As an undergrad

Kixeye’s recruiting video lobs serious F bombs at rivals Kixeye’s recrui...
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Kixeye, a fast-growing maker of hardcore social games, has launched a hilarious recruiting video aimed at showing it is the best place to wo

Explorers
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Photography | Stories | Adventure

Thomas Hawk Digital Connection » Blog Archive » 350,000 Photo Library...
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Morton Beebe and Associates I was recently referred to Morton Beebe, a photographer shooting of all places, San Francisco. I was told that M

Torres del Paine - Patagonia Travel Guide | Switchback Travel
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Torres del Paine Patagonia travel guide, including Torres del Paine National Park, hiking information, "W" Circuit, full circuit loop, park

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I've taken over 15 Backroads trips and each one was absolutely incredible. Each trip leader has been fabulous -- and the itineraries are simply amazing. The best way to see the world is via Backroads. Trust me.
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