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What would you do with a billion dollars?

Lately Sarah and I were talking about how much a million is, how much a billion is. The most striking thing I read recently that put it into perspective was that a million seconds is about a week and a half, but a billion seconds is nearly 32 years. Sarah asked me, what would I do with a billion dollars? Some people are billionaires. So some people must really think about this.

Here are some things I think I would do:

Create a million-dollar fund to provide free reproductive health care through Planned Parenthood for women who can’t afford it.
Establish a low-risk investment portfolio that provides $10m/year for breast cancer and children’s cancer research
Probably become a liberal version of a Koch brother (thought I think that costs more like $100b)
I’d pay off the debts of people I love
Fund a monthly dinner and provide rides for Omaha’s homeless population prepared by the city’s best chefs where they talk to business leaders and make connections for future jobs
Build a funding portfolio of women and minority-owned businesses primarily in the Midwest. I would be giving the money to smarter people who know better things to do with it.
Buy art I really like from people who really loved making it.

Selfish things:
I’d get a massage every day
I’d have my hair done every day
I’d build an ultramodern, energy-neutral home downtown with a beautiful rooftop view
I’d buy a penthouse in Charlottenburg in Berlin, and build a little home in Karolinenhof on the Langer See. I’d spend at least half my time in Berlin.
I’d play some elaborate pranks on politicians I don’t like
I’d pay for the restaurants I like in Omaha to always have my favorite foods on the menu
Hire extremely handsome assistants who adore my personality
I would name a school for entrepreneurship after my parents and an arts institute after my daughter
I’d give a $100 bill away every day.

What would you do with a billion dollars?

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4 × = twenty eight

6 − two =

2014, in list form.

Wise people always say not to focus on the negative. It turns out that that's good advice, because there's a lot of positive out there. I was in a depressy mood last week depressing to my friend/advisor/midnight oil hero Jason about something I typically depress about, and when we started talking about what was good this year instead of bad, it felt like a much more successful year. Wildly so. Adventurous. Daring. Extraordinary. Fortuitous. And not nearly all work-related. My intention for 2015 is "less surviving, more living," but I sure did squeeze a lot of life out of the past year or so. 2014 is going down in history. Why not make a list? Here's mine.

Know that the next year will surpass all others.

"Oh passion-filled days, all steadfast and young, know that the next year will surpass all others, because it is new, and because it will be filled with moments that will remain unspoken of harsh and light, right along with your steady heart.
When we allow ourselves the sweetness of now, we may have all of the adventures that life has to offer in the coming year—if we are so fortunate as to have one."

Hello Holiday

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