Bill Bowerman, who would later go onto co-found Nike Inc., coached many of the world's most talented runners. During his 24 years as the head track and field coach at Oregon University, Bill attained 4 NCAA titles and finished top 10 in the Nation during 16 different seasons. At the beginning of one particularly promising season in the early 1970's, Bill gathered his team in the stands of Hayward Field and said something that has inspired me for many years. He said, "Men of Oregon, I invite you to become students of your events. Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning, in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: life." In relation to Bill's words, I would venture to call each of us runners. Not in a literal sense (although I would recommend taking up running), but rather metaphorically. Similar to the many miles a week these Oregon athletes were running, we each have our own races to run. Some of you may be doctors, some teachers. Some may be parents, some siblings. Some may be entrepreneurs and some may work in retail. Regardless of our positions in life, I believe that what Bill said is true. I believe that if we can each find meaning in whatever category of life we apply ourselves, we will then be able to find greater meaning in life as a whole.

I personally am passionate about a variety of things from photography to branding to fitness to music. Every day I try to remind myself that there are 168 hours in a week and that 168 hours is a lot of hours to make a difference in the world. 

From one philosopher to another...

Benjamin

P.S. I'm not really a philosopher...

As Casey Neistat is a pretty solid lad and I feel that this video mildly relates to my philosophy above, I thought I would share it here.