Headspace: Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson: How I Built This with Guy Raz

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Andy Puddicombe was inspired to bring the power of meditation and mindfulness to more people. After ten years as a Buddhist monk, he partnered with Rich Pierson who had burned out at his job in London’s ad agency – fuelling what would become Headspace, an app that now boasts over $100 million annual revenue from users spanning 190 countries! Similarly driven by necessity Jensen Brehm & Nikolai Paloni capitalized on the potential for armless sunglasses when a fix for their broken pair turned into Ombraz Sunglasses. Is there anything you can’t do?

Today, Headspace and Ombraz Sunglasses are two of the most successful companies in the personal health and lifestyle space. Through their example, they’ve shown us that with a bit of creativity, commitment to solving problems, and a willingness to take risks, we can achieve our wildest goals. What’s more, they’ve demonstrated the value of bringing our unique perspective and unique experiences to the table. The power of creativity, inclusiveness, and collaboration is clear – no matter who you are or where you come from, your ideas can make a difference. So go on, take that risk and see what you can create! You never know what could be possible.

My mother in law loves to sew.

A few years ago she asked me how to set up an online store.

She wanted to sell fancy throw pillows she was making.

I gave her very basic steps. Enough to get started (I don't know much about ecom).

A few weeks later she showed me her site. It

Everyone wants “yes.”

But they don’t wanna pay the price.

100 Nos is the price of one yes.

You can get as many as yeses as you damn well please as long as you’re willing to pay the price.

I was sad to learn that Charlie Munger died today at age 99.

What a life.

He would likely roll his eyes and argue that none of us should be too surprised, based on the actuarial tables, but we’ve lost one of the 20th century’s greatest investors and businessmen.

Chris and I

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