Through our Reflections series we share nuggets of wisdom from our ongoing research for the Holstee Membership as well as personal experiences that have changed how we see the world.
August 29, 2017

Times they are a changin’...

Artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, virtual reality, neural networks, cryptocurrencies — these developments (and others) are going to have a massive impact on the way we live, work, earn, and spend money.

It is expected that we will live longer, but also that much of our work will be replaced by robots and artificial intelligence.

And concepts like Universal Basic Income — the idea to give all citizens a basic living income regardless of their employment status — are being tested in places like Finland and New Zealand.

The question then becomes: if we don’t need to work to have our basic needs met, how will we spend our time?

Will it mean more in-person quality time with friends and family?

Will it mean that people will take advantage of the seemingly infinite access to information on the Internet, allowing us to experience a golden age of education and enlightenment?

Or will it mean that people will lose themselves in an alternate virtual reality world that brings more purpose to them than the “real” world? (Nerd alert: Ready Player One explores this potential future and is one of my favorite fiction novels :)

However things shake out, I see one trait becoming increasingly crucial to navigating this brave new world.


To maintain our sense of purpose, we’ll need to build the will to say no to easy digital temptations that steal our time and subtract from our fulfillment.

We’ll need to become better at listening to our hearts and carving out the space to pursue what brings us meaning.

In her book The Willpower Instinct, Stanford professor Kelly McGonigal writes:

“When pit against other virtues, willpower comes out on top. Self-control is a better predictor of academic success than intelligence (take that, SATs), a stronger determinant of effective leadership than charisma (sorry, Tony Robbins), and more important for marital bliss than empathy (yes, the secret to lasting marriage may be learning how to keep your mouth shut). If we want to improve our lives, willpower is not a bad place to start.”

Looking to the years ahead, as the playing field levels and access to both information and distractions increases, developing a strong sense of willpower will be a determining factor not just for us individuals, but for society as a whole.

Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

P.S. Over the years, it has become clear to Mike and I that listening to our hearts and following our intentions is an ongoing practice (and challenge!), not a destination. It was this realization that led us to start the Holstee Membership :-)

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January 07, 2018

Life goals.

“Your audacious life goals are fabulous. We're proud of you for having them. But it's possible that those goals are designed to distract you from the thing that's really frightening you — the shift in daily habits that would mean a re–invention of how you see yourself.” - Seth Godin I was recently reflecting on what success looks like in my life. If I were to die in a week, a year, or a few decades, what would it take for me to be able to say, “Well, I did it — I accomplished everything I wanted. I lived a...


October 17, 2017


These days, I am finding myself wrapped up in the news — devastating tragedies, one after another.

My mind is filled with questions. Why would someone do this? How could it be possible? Why does it keep happening? What can be done now? The questions don’t seem to end.

I recently reached a point at which I was



October 03, 2017

Sandwich of the future.

I love sandwiches — both making and eating them. So when I heard that there was a famous man in Syracuse, Sicily, who makes just a few dozen sandwiches a day and has a constant line out the door, my interest peaked.

Turns out he doesn’t just make sandwiches but he



September 28, 2017

Wait till you see the flowers by the pool.

September 2015 was a big month for us.

I was about to get married, Dave was turning 30, and our third co-founder, Fabian, was about to start a new project after eight years of working with us on Holstee.

So at the very last minute, we decided to go on a combo bachelor-birthday-send-off weekend trip. We booked the only place we could find that was near nature and had availability that night. We borrowed a car and made our way north up Route 28 out of New York City.

When we arrived at the bungalow we’d booked, we looked around. Without saying anything, we knew exactly what one another was thinking



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