"What’s the last thing you built when you got that high? You know that high I’m talking about? It’s staring at a thing that you brought into the world because you decided it needed to exist."
I’m sure it was a lot of work to build, and there are likely plenty of business reasons why it makes sense beyond pure charity, but from my perspective as a customer it is just so simple:
- Visit smile.amazon.com
- Pick a charity
- Your chosen charity gets a donation from Amazon
I’ve got Smile bookmarked in my browser, and if you’re an Amazon shopper, you should do the same.
When we got married 8 years ago, we went on a 10-day honeymoon to Greece. That was the longest vacation of my adult life, and I remember hopping on the wi-fi throughout the trip to check in on the startup I was working on.
When each of our kids were born I took about a week off — some of you may remember the work-related excitement going on at TeachStreet when Ruby was born, and I’ll never forget that the first flowers that arrived after Dewey was born were from a potential acquirer.
In general, vacations have consisted of a long weekend or single work week for as long as I’ve been working. This year, however, we decided to go all out and take a 3-week road trip around New Zealand in a camper van.
By the way, everyone talks about “unplugging” when it comes to vacations. We most certainly didn’t do that. My first stop at the Auckland airport was to get a prepaid SIM card (4GB data + unlimited txt + 120 minutes for around $40). Being able to freely use the web, email, and various apps, especially the Camping NZ app, was priceless. That we could tether all of our devices through my phone was the icing on the cake.
One thing I did do, to make sure I didn’t get too distracted from vacationing, was to completely delete my work email and calendar from my iPhone. If you have this luxury, I highly recommend it.
"New Years Resolution: build another startup. Investing’s great, founders amazing, but life’s unreasonably short & it’s not about the money"
Hope you do it, John!