What I Learned From Tarzan’s Dad

Dear Lewis,

This morning, you took a giant step toward becoming a man: you watched the 1999 Disney movie Tarzan. As the movie played, we played. We wrestled, rode your tiger Wheely Bug, built towering edifices of letter-embossed blocks, and, when our stomachs growled, we ate chicken and beef while not wearing shirts.

In short, we behaved like men.

By the time the credits began to roll, and Phil Collins sang his final song, you were exhausted. You, my fierce jungle man, laid your head across my lap, and sucked on your pacifier. As I stroked your hair I replayed the movie in my head. The storyteller in me identified the movie’s theme, the story beats and plot points.

However, the dad in me zeroed in on the lesson learned by Tarzan’s father figure, Kerchak the gorilla.

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I Hope You Find Failure

Dear Lewis,

Tuesday was a creative day. I spent it working at the University of Utah, trying to get people to hang out at our booth, demo our products, and sign up for our mailing list.

I love these events. For one thing, nothing forces you to be creative like trying to engage strangers for eight hours. Nothing will sharpen your mind and teach you to be a better communicator like having only two seconds to capture someone’s attention.

The other thing I love is that, in these situations, you will always fail more than you succeed. To be blunt – you get rejected. Continue reading…