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And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 



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#throwbackthursday  , 2007
"For soon it is gone and we fly away." Ps. 90:10
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This is unbelievable. Egypt is seeing a snowstorm for the first time in 100 years: http://on.mash.to/1csn5ym
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How to Stop Suffering: Morty Lefkoe at TEDx
http://youtu.be/sMdVM-t5kFs
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If your job is getting you down, these awesome career quotes from comedians will pick up your spirits: http://on.mash.to/1aNouno

#career   #jobadvice   #comedians   #quotes  
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Amazing photo of a bee sting.

Kathy Keatley Garvey of the UC Davis Department of Entomology took this amazing photo of a bee as it stung a co-worker.

http://kathykeatleygarvey.com/

More on Science: http://science.alltop.com/ 

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One-handed player gets a chance to play Division I basketball

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/21/sports/basketball/one-handed-basketball-player-gets-shot-with-florida.html

Photo credit: Dustin Chambers for The New York Times

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Ok, just figured out you can make a Google+ Newsfeed one column instead of 3. Much better..this should be the default.
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It Takes Practice or Looking for Passionate Doers
I believe that we're each given a gift of something that we've the potential to be amazing at in our lifetime.  It might be painting, singing, writing or any number of the arts.  
Or it might be something sometimes less celebrated or realized.  Skills in business, or people management, or ideation and collaboration.  But it's there - and while finding that skill or passion may be difficult, I believe that it's only ~10% of the responsibility we have to ourselves and our peers to continue to practice and one our abilities.

Lately I'm reminded of this by my daughters more than anyone else.  My wife (The Redhead) drops my oldest daughter off at school before the sun is up every weekday morning.  K (my daughter) heads to the gym an hour before the rest of her high school Drill Team to practice on her own.  She works on her own moves, pushes herself to fine-tune the team dances and tries to learn new routines.  Without fear, she's spending 50% more time above and beyond the expected ~10hrs of team and private dance practice she already attends.
To further impress, she videos herself not for vanity (okay, maybe there's a bit of vanity - she is her father's daughter, after all) but so that she can review and assess her own performance with the hope to constantly improve. [attached pic]

It should be the same outside of K's dance studios and in our own offices and workspaces, shouldn't it?  My hope is that everyone has one aspect of their job that forces them to get excited, implement ideas, experiment and improve.  My hope is that everyone has at least one piece of what they do that keeps them awake some nights because of anticipation for tomorrow.

We cheat ourselves if we don't constantly push forward and evolve.  We sell out to easy recognition if we're done after 'getting the job' or 'making the team.'  That round of applause, trophy or win should serve to not only rightfully recognize accomplishments but to also trigger continued development. 

Inspiration is as important as passion, in my opinion.  I'm constantly looking for people that push things forward and aren't afraid to "fall down" when trying something new (you did look at the attached picture, right?)  My goal over the last few months has been to try and find more people whose minds and hearts are running versus walking.  

And while it's been tough, I'll continue to look for 'doers' vs. 'talkers,' (because these are the people that collaborate vs. simply share.)  These are the people that are more interested in developing skills and driving change than getting recognition.  
I'm looking for those people that are in the gym practicing an hour before everyone else.  I'm looking for those individuals that are quietly getting results because they're driven by the activity itself rather than the trophies.  
I hope more of us will do the same.
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I don't generally subscribe to fortune cookies, but I got one tonight that essentially sums up my entire approach to life. It was kinda eerie.
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Photoshop day cream :)
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