Aloha! My awesome wife and I are in Hawaii celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary and her 19th birthday:) She likes to do stuff—like zip lines. I like to grease up with a tube of “Bain de Soleil” and read. We’re staying in Princeville, Kauai. This used to be the serene “garden isle,” the playground of the rich and famous, but not anymore—the tourist trade dominates—just like what happened in Vegas. Except for the majestic beauty, the energy here could easily be mistaken for overcrowded Santa Monica, Ca. Hawaii is very low-tech. You don’t see a lot of iPads around here. It’s a vacation spot, not a place to build an app, find a talent agent, pitch a script, or launch a music career.
Reminds me that while it’s true that the computer revolution has provided us with all the tools we need to live our dharma, and do our life’s work from literally anywhere, it is still nevertheless true that geography, where we plant our feet, can provide huge opportunities to help secure our potential success. Truth is, like birds, humans like to flock together and stay close to their tribe:
– Musicians like to jam with each other.
– Actors like to work on scenes together.
– Writers like to collaborate.
– Entrepreneurs like to compete, merge, and swap biz ideas with other treps.
– Creative people like to hang with other creative people.
So if you want to be a world-class artist, musician, actor, writer, director, etc. you’re better off packing it up and moving to California—the creative capital of the world.
If you want to be a world-class executive and pull the financial strings, you’re better off in New York— the business capital of the world.
If you want to be a world-class beach bunny, or zip line pro you should move to Hawaii.
Me? I think it’s time to turn over and get some sun on my back:)