Talking with Todd Robertson of Hyperspective Studios about whether or not it’s possible to make anyone’s life seem exciting and entertaining with enough video editing.
I had lunch with Sid Savara today. Sid’s awesome. We had a really interesting conversation about what happens to time and how our productivity relates to feeling fulfilled – or not.
Yesterday Gilad from Bodies in Motion joined us for dinner at The Olive Tree. If you’ve never seen his fitness videos, check them out. He’s a legend, and he’s been doing this in Hawaii for over 26 years. We spent most of the time talking about his experience hiking through the Himalayas for 30 days by himself. Very awesome guy.
Yesterday I hung out with Henk Rogers who controls the Tetris video game. We took a ride in his brand new Tesla. It was AWESOME.
Henk was the co-founder and lead investor of my last company, iLovePhotos. He’s been a major inspiration in my life and truly embodies the rags to riches story (at one time he worked as a cabbie).
Growing up in a poor family with eight siblings, Henk got into computers and video games early in the 80s. He went to the University of Hawaii just so that he could take the computer related courses and have access to all the equipment. Once he took all the classes, he dropped out.
At the time he hunkered down and wrote the first role playing game in Japan called The Black Onyx. After a brief stumble, the game turned out to be a massive hit. As his company grew, he travelled the world looking for games to publish and came across Tetris. The Tetris licensing story is, itself, worthy of a James Bond movie. Lots of Soviet agencies and multi-national companies vied to prevent Henk from obtaining rights to the game. Henk become good friends with the actual creator of Tetris, Alexey Pajitnov, and struck a deal with Nintendo. Through sheer perseverance and audacity he was able to gradually secure all the rights to the game over a span of 20 years.
Now, of course, Tetris is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and is the most popular casual game in the world (even Google recently celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary). It’s easy to write it off as luck. But consider how many games are created each year and just how simple Tetris is – colorful falling blocks that form lines. The funny thing about luck is just how much work it takes. Henk has spent the last 25 years making Tetris into a “lucky” global phenomenon.
A couple years ago, I was really struggling with some issues at the company. I asked Henk for some advice and he said, “if it was easy, everyone would do it.” I remember that line every time I encounter a challenge.
Tonight I had dinner with my good friends Djuan and Brandon – two very awesome people. Djuan is on a quest to climb seven peaks on seven continents. He was one of the first people to go skydiving over Everest. It’s called HALO jumping – high altitude, low opening. Crazy.
The real story is that of his nephew Brandon. A year ago Brandon was seriously overweight at 375 lbs. Djuan staged an intervention and brought Brandon to Hawaii to get him back in shape. They made a commitment to each other (they actually signed a document!): Brandon was going to get his weight back to normal, Djuan would take care of everything Brandon needed to get that done. 6 months later, Brandon has lost over 100 lbs.
Brandon’s also an awesome cook. He made chicken breast with lightly sauteed tomatos, mushroom, and spinach for a total of 350 calories.