Google CFO, Patrick Pichette retires
"In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful. Carpe Diem."
Robin Wright and how it took her three decades to find the role that has made her a major star—and the woman she wanted to be
“I’ve never been happier in my life than I am today. Perhaps it’s not ladylike [to say], but I’ve never laughed more, read more, or come more than with Ben. He inspires me to be the best of myself. There’s so much to learn. It’s endless. How great! It took me a long time to grow up. Love is possible aslife is possible.”
Detroit Red Wings Scout Hakan Andersson and the art of drafting
"The analogy between scouting and fishing is vapidly obvious—both requirepatience and a knowledge of where to look—but inexact because, unlike Swedish hockey players, fish don’t want to be caught.
Since 1993, Detroit has drafted 42 Swedes, 18 in the last three rounds. “You have success, you build up a network, and now guys want to go there, something like Minnesota is building with Finns,” a Western Conference scout says. “Not that [Andersson] isn’t a great scout, but he’s with a team with a solid organizational philosophy and great player development. He’s also being fed [information] by coaches and other people because they know Detroit’s a good spot [for Swedish players].”
Six years later Andersson was almost certain he was the only scout with a fix on defenseman Alexander Edler, then playing for Jämtlands HF, a senior team in what amounted to a glorified beer league in northern Sweden. To avoid an unnecessary six-hour drive from his home, Andersson called the team’s coach to make sure Edler would be in the lineup that night in an end-of-season game. Sure, Andersson was told, come on up. But the coach tipped off an agent in Stockholm, who faxed other Swedish scouts that the Red Wings were interested in Edler. “Biggest mistake of my career,” Andersson says of that phone call. Thomas Gradin, the Canucks’ European scout, saw Edler, and at the 2004 draft Vancouver traded up in the third round to take him, six spots before Detroit’s pick. Edler has played 551 NHL games and has twice reached double digits in goal scoring."
The world of Tyler Perry
"In 1991, Perry saw an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that talked about the healing powers of writing. He began to keep a diary, which he then adapted into his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” In 1992, using his life’s savings of twelve thousand dollars, he made his first attempt to launch himself into the black theatre world, setting up shop in Atlanta—drawn there by the city’s large population of successful blacks—and renting a two-hundred-seat hall, in order to stage “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” The show dealt with child abuse, rape, and other forms of damage, which, in Perry’s vision, could be fixed by prayer and by faith, and it had a strong gospel-music element. The play flopped: no one came, and Perry lost his investment.
Years passed. He lived in his car and in pay-by-the-week hotels until he understood what had gone wrong and who his audience should be. In 1998, he decided to stage “I Know I’ve Been Changed” again, this time at a church turned theatre in Atlanta, where it sold out all its performances, before moving to a sold-out run at the much larger Fox Theatre, and then taking to the road."
The NBA Spurs winning philosophy
“I wasn’t interested in ‘There is no I in team’ or any of that crap,” the coach says. Instead the words are from Jacob Riis, the 19th-century Danish immigrant to the U.S. who became a social reformer and championed the stranger in a strange land: When nothing seems to help, I go back and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it—but all that had gone before. Ordinarily the Spurs outsource the Riis translations to linguists at San Antonio’s Trinity University, but Meriam Mir is so obscure that Mills’s relatives had to be enlisted to help.
Indigenous Australians have a hard-won understanding of the sentiment at the heart of that quote. But there’s a saying in the Torres Strait that echoes the words of Riis. It speaks both to the Spurs’ philosophy as an organization and to the mentality that Mills has taken with him to the NBA: Yourpast must connect with your present to create your future.