“Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11,” he said.
Only a bit ironic considering he’s advocating for less freedom and less privacy to prevent more loss of freedom.
If you’re caught with an ounce of cocaine, the chances are good you’re going to go to jail. If it happens repeatedly you may go to jail for the rest of your life. But evidently, if you launder nearly a billion dollars for drug cartels and violate our international sanctions, your company pays a fine and you go home and sleep in your own bed at night. I think that’s fundamentally wrong.
Everything we publish to our investors should be written as if it will someday be published in Gawker. And every action we take in structuring our business, our relationships with our investors, and our relationships with the entrepreneurs we back should be conducted as if it will someday be published in Gawker.
Learn to Receive. When good things happen to you, there’s two ways people screw it up. One is, they blow it. They take their money and spray it around like a broken hose, like a drunken rock star. Someone told me the other day: “I know 50 different guys who made $100 million and all they do is blow it on hookers, divorce, and bad investments.” So when something good happens to you, don’t change your life. Be a good person. As simple as that sounds, it’s not so simple.
The second thing: You deserve it. Many people deep down don’t think they deserve it. Take every compliment. Cherish it. Look around. The world is trying to give to you RIGHT NOW but we often spend our time rejecting it because we obsessing on the past or anxious about the future. Worrying is the opposite of receiving. Look around today at what the world is giving you right now. Write it down later. What did the world give you today?
Met Admiral Mullen yesterday. When I told him that I was an old 2/7 Marine, he immediately asked “what deployments were you on?” I told him Iraq ‘07 and Afghanistan ‘08. He immediately reached out, shook my hand, looked me in the eye, and apologized for how 2/7 was thrown to the wolves in Helmand Valley without proper support; taking the blame for not having the AO prepared. Now THAT’s a good leader.