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January 1, 2019

Your job is to do the work, not judge the work. Progress, not perfection, is the goal. The fear of our finished product not being ‘the greatest thing ever’ is what stops us from starting (or finishing) the things we were put on this earth to do. The truth is that you just have to be consistent in your production, and the perfection will arrive. The saying is that, “if you increase the quantity, God will increase the quality”....

October 17, 2018

Writing down thoughts like these is easy, but not until the first sentence is done. Composing that first sentence is a killer. The toughest  part of any work out is not the third rep of your bench press or the second mile on the treadmill. The hardest part is getting out of a warm bed. 
There’s a tiny invisible moment, a pain point, that exists in front of every task worth doing. It seems that the more creative or constru...

March 7, 2018

Looking at pictures from 40 years ago can be entertaining and educational.  It’s fascinating to see how much things have changed, or haven’t. For example, if you looked at an old picture of the inside of a grocery store, it would make you cringe seeing what we called “food” back then. The shelves were packed with processed products full of artificial colors and harmful preservatives. 
As time has passed and informati...

February 3, 2018

There are many things about my childhood that I’m grateful for. One of them is that I grew up in a neighborhood in NY where there were dozens of kids my age on every block. Any given day you could find a wiffle-ball game in the street starting up right around 4pm and lasting until the street lights came on. Every parking lot had a spray painted square shape somewhere on a wall which signified the batter’s box. First base was u...

January 30, 2018

You wan’t fries with that? Anyone who frequents restaurants is familiar with the concept of up-selling. It’s when the waitress asks you if you’d like to add something or upgrade your order. That’s an obvious example, but most of the times you probably don’t notice when you’re being up-sold. For example, if you order a vodka martini, a good bartender would say “sure, what kind vodka do you like?”. You may think they are being h...

January 19, 2018

I am a believer. I believe the two words, “I am”, are the most powerful words one can say.  I’ve read that some believe them to be the first words uttered by Adam & Eve. I’ve also read that “I am” is the origin of the “ohms” that people chant during meditation. 
The power of the words comes from how our brains work. We have the ability to make statements to our brain, and our brain instructs our body as if the statements...

January 15, 2018

There was a contestant on one of those TV talent competition shows. She had a divine voice and a confident stage presence. When she was done singing, one of the judges said “Wow, you were born with a gift”.
Clearly it was well intentioned, but I cringe when I hear those kinds of compliments given to people. To me it sounds like the judge is saying “wow, how lucky you are to have rolled out of bed, walked on this stage, and won...

January 5, 2018

My girlfriend was snapping her fingers in front of my face saying, “Helllooooo, anybody home?” I got startled and said, “well that’s a strange way to begin a conversation”. She rolled her eyes, telling me, “I’ve been talking to you but, as usual, you’re brain is somewhere else”. 
This happens a lot. My girlfriend insists it’s “brain fog” which tends to affect people when they reach my age. I disagree with that diagnosis. My br...

January 2, 2018

I had this brilliant plan to drive take my 1966 VW bus on a 3 day road trip from Ocean City to Philly to attend some Hoop Tea events. What could go wrong? I had my GPS app set to "avoid highways" since the van doesn't enjoy going over 45 MPH. Unknown to me, I also had accidentally set it to "shortest route" instead of "fastest route". It doesn't seem like taking the shortest route vs the fastest route would cause a major chang...

December 21, 2017

Back in '92 a friend who worked at MTV let me hang out on the set of "Yo! MTV Raps" while Heavy D was performing. The rapper is most famous for his song "Now that we found love", but on this show he was performing "You can't see what I see". (Yup, that's me in the black cap behind him). The hook of that song is a Public Enemy sample of Flavor Flav saying "You're blind baby". I also loved the original song by Public Enemy becau...

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Hi, I'm Danny Robinson, the CEO of Hoop Tea. I'm building things that I wish existed and writing down some observations along the way. Hop in. 

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