“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
My dad blogs. A lot. One of his favorite topics is, for better or worse, me. From my life at HBS to my unwillingness to produce grandchildren yet, I am almost a daily feature. My "fame" has created some unique opportunities.

A father from Needham, MA asked if I'd be willing to speak with his 12 year old. Andrew is smart and energetic but needed a "pep-talk." Emboldened by his bold email, I offered up a few classes and lunch on campus. It was a great visit.

A lovely meal was my reward. Andrew, his parents, his twin sisters and Vader (their guinea pig) were different dinner companions than I am accustomed to these days. The Boy Scouts, Guitar Hero, and Vader's relentless chewing dominated the meandering conversation.

At the end of the night, I found it hard to leave. HBS is an incredible gift but it leads us to think too big and too analytically at times. We are always seeking to maximize. While I have big goals, perhaps bigger than most, I hope to create a home as content and happy as Andrew's without constantly feeling the need to look for the next thing. I think I have a good shot. My dad's blog is a daily reminder of what is possible.

— Michael Newton