#2. Write a memo to the President or the First Lady on the issue of your choice. - My successful White House Internship application
The following is the memo I wrote to President Obama and the First Lady as part of my successful White House Internship application in 2009.
"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." - Tom Hardy, Inception + my friend Liz Holloway
First, I brought it to the attention of the International Center here, thinking they could at least simply help me cross the language barrier, get the number of the city transportation office, maybe.
Mild appreciation of my observation, but without a proposal they won't do anything with it. A formal proposal, they want!
What's to propose other than "spread the hammers around"? I'm showing you the picture. Send it to City Hall. I don't know, I can't speak Korean. How do you translate a photo to Korean?
I didn't say it quite like that.
And so that's how it was for a few weeks. Friends said they noticed it now too, but that was it.
So I email them. And get this response in less than 4 hours! Wow, that's quick bureaucracy. (And I worked in DC politics, I know how slow that train is):
So I respond with the bus number and he sends me this:
And that was that.
Cool. We'll see ...
So I'm trying to clear my acquired queue of 996 bookmarked articles by reading 10 each day
... as you may be aware.
Sure, I haven't always read 10 articles each day. Actually, there have been more days that I haven't read 10 articles than those that I have. And hey, I've even missed a few days all together. Some days, I only added more to this list. (In fact, most of my mornings begin with adding a few new clips.)
There are interesting things on the internet.
But my success here was in starting. And the process.
Because if it takes 4 months - even 5 - instead of the anticipated 3, that's so much better than the undirected never.
"Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it." - Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
"When exactly were you brainwashed into believing that the best way to earn a living is to have a job?" - Seth Godin
"You're missing the point," she said. "What you're saying makes sense in theory, but not in practice. You're trying to compare apples and oranges."
"Why do you keep saying that?" he asked in response."
"It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau + my friend Liz Holloway
I've shaved my head three times now. Okay, rather a very close buzz - but still, quite a noticeable change from my typical coiffed style.
And not my most flattering look, to be sure.
But I say, "Why not?!"
(pictures after the fold)
I like keeping good habits.
One good habit that I'm trying to keep up with daily is reading. I love to read.
Unfortunately though, as of three weeks ago, I had amassed a queue of exactly 996 Internet articles that I - at some point - apparently, wished to read. And the realization that my Pocket (great app) was just 4 articles away from showing 4 digits on my phone's home screen was the jolt I needed to take stock of this literary cancer.
Read this absolutely terrific book for free, here (or buy it with Amazon). And the video below is a nice short synopsis.
Today at school, a student in one of my classes was apparently very thirsty.
Those of you who know me well, know I love two things when it comes to food:
I'm a simple man.
I mean, she was really thirsty.
"The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life." - Jessica Hische
- My beer desk @ TOMS
- One Student in Korea
- Korea's Bus Hammers
- 2010: Painted E'ry Day
- My First Job
- Raised $25,000 w/ Kiva
- White House Interning
- My memo to Prez B.O.
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Emergency Window Hammers On Buses In South Korea
Teaching English In Korea
The White House
Two Months In 1992
University Of Miami
Young People For
Adam's grateful his 20s were a debt-free decade traveling with intention through work with meaning. Some of that work includes TOMS, The Obama White House, teaching abroad, art and business in the Gift Economy, two proud terms of national service with AmeriCorps, and two terms with the US Peace Corps in rural Zambia, working with small-scale fish farmers.
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