I was a hippie, a freshman producing all the music concerts for the UC Berkeley campus. I was living at the epicenter of something special, a magical time. A few years later, I graduated and headed back across the bridge from Berkeley to San Francisco.
College was suddenly in the rear view mirror. Captivated by the idea of becoming a criminal defense lawyer, a young man had his heart set on working for the only foundation located in the biggest ghetto in San Francisco that provided legal defense and other social services for its community.
Do the economic, social, health headlines of today make you feel discouraged and fearful ? Do you worry about economic gloom and doom and tend to feel anxious or paralyzed by external events, or do you see possibility and opportunity for daily action based on strong personal beliefs and a bold yet pragmatic plan that focuses on rich opportunities, your talents and the value of what you have to offer ?
It was 1983 and I bought my first-ever computer from Apple, which arrived in an enormous colorful box and sat unopened for better than a month. In those days, you couldn’t plug in and go. This formidable machine didn’t do anything. It had to be programmed from scratch.
What compels some people to quit in the face of adversity and rejection, while others pursue their dream with a single-minded sense of purpose ? Why is quitting not an option for some ? What force of will fuels people to rise above bad circumstances or a string of initial failures ?
I grew up in San Francisco in the 60’s, living only blocks from The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin – and spending almost every night and weekend immersed in the culture of that amazing time – all music and politics. I attended U.C. Berkeley during the maelstrom of the late 60’s and early 70’s.