Keepin' it Real

Sean Keener's Personal Blog

January 4th, 2014

Just Go

In the past 3 months, a few friends and acquaintances of mine have died. All 3 died got ill and died within a year or less.

Besides the pain and sadness of them passing, I’ve been reflecting more than usual on how important it is for me to seize the day and go for it in life. Here are a few reasons why:

1) Who knows when the end is? Could be tomorrow, could be 50 years from now. I better go for it TODAY!

2) Now that I have kids (3) – I think each day about setting an example for them. Not through my words, but via my actions. It’s easy to think the “right thing” – it takes more determination to “do the right thing”. I’ve read a lifetimes worth of business and personal development books so I can talk like Oprah or the latest Guru. Since these 3 came around, I’m holding myself to a higher standard. Walk the talk.

On this note, we started a Just Go Series on BootsnAll for the next 14 saturdays. FUN.

September 27th, 2013

Laziness spurns creativity

February 22nd, 2013

RTW Tickets Comparison Chart

We’ve been studying, buying, and taking RTW trips for 15 years at BootsnAll. Through all of this, we always wondered why it took so long to get real prices, and why it was virtually impossible to book this type of ticket online. A few years back, we started looking more seriously at this problem. It lead to the launch of Indie. In a nutshell, it’s a RTW travel dream machine that kicks out real prices within seconds, has online booking and makes it dead easy to share and take this sort of trip.

We created a little RTW Ticket Comparison Chart

I’m stoked to finally have something in the marketplace for multi-country travelers. Cheers!

January 14th, 2013

This is 40 – Charity Water

I donated my 40th Birthday to Charity Water.

I injoy a glass of water every morning, right when I wake up.

Throughout the day, I have another 6 to 10 glasses.

At the 2012 #WDS conference this year, I saw the founder of Charity Water, Scott Harrison share his story about Water and access to clean versions of it around the world.

Bottom line, many folks around the globe still DON’T have access to clean water, even though the technology is available to help all get it.

Charity Water has a Birthday Campaign that I thought was a lot of fun, and instead of being narcissistic on my 40th, it’ll be fun to contribute and be a small part of helping folks all over the world get clean water.

So – instead of just saying Happy Birthday Sean – why not donate something?

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Sean

January 9th, 2013

Beauty in Gratitude

Words from this video:

LOUIE: Hi everybody. I feel like I’m at a revival. This is great.

It’s great to be back in my old stomping grounds of San Francisco. When I graduated UCLA I moved to Northern California and I lived in a little town called Elk on the Mendocino Coast. And I didn’t have a phone or TV but I had US mail. And, life was good back then if you could remember it. I’d go to the general store for a cup of coffee and a brownie, and I’d ship my film to San Francisco and lo and behold two days later it would end up on my front door, which was way better than having to fight the traffic of Hollywood. I didn’t have much money, but I had time and a sense of wonder so I started shooting time-lapse photography. It would take me a month to shoot a four-minute roll of film because that’s all I could afford.

I’ve been shooting time-lapse flowers continuously non-stop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for over 30 years and to see them move is a dance I’ll never get tired of. Their beauty immerses us with color, taste and touch. It also provides a third of the food we eat.
Beauty and seduction are natures tools for survival because we protect what we fall in love with. It opens our hearts and makes us realize we are a part of nature and we’re not separate from it. When we see ourselves in nature it also connects us to everyone of us because it’s clear that it’s all connected and one. When people see my images a lot of times they’ll say “Oh My God.” Have you ever wondered what that meant? The “Oh” means it caught your attention – it makes you present, it makes you mindful. The “My” means it connects with something deep inside your soul. It creates a gateway for your inner-voice to rise-up and be heard. And “God” – “God” is that personal journey we all want to be on; to be inspired. To feel like we’re connected to a universe that celebrates life.

Did you know that 80% of the information we receive comes through our eyes, and if you compare light energy to musical scales it would only be one octave that the naked eye could see, which is right in the middle. And aren’t we grateful for our brains that can take this electrical impulse that comes from light energy to create images in order for us to explore our world. And aren’t we grateful that we have hearts that can feel these vibrations in order for us to allow ourselves to feel the pleasure and the beauty of nature. Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude. So I have a gift I want to share with you today – a project I’m working on called “Happiness Revealed”, and it will give us a glimpse into that perspective from the point of view of a child and an elderly man of that world.
CHILD: When I watch TV, it’s just some shows that just are pretend. And when you explore, you get more imagination than you already had. And um, when you get more imagination it makes you want to go deeper in, so you can get more, and see beautifuller things, like if it’s a path it could lead you to a beach or something and it could be beautiful.

OLD MAN: You think this is just another day in your life – it’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life, and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.

Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open, that incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment. Look at the sky. We so rarely look at the sky. We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment with clouds coming and going. We just think of the weather, and even of the weather we don’t think of all the many nuances of weather. We just think of good weather and bad weather. This day right now has unique weather, maybe a kind that will never exactly in that form come again. The formation of clouds in the sky will never be the same that it is right now. Open your eyes. Look at that.
Look at the faces of people whom you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom, not only their own story, but the story of their ancestors. We all go back so far. And in this present moment on this day all the people you meet, all that life from generations and from so many places all over the world, flows together and meets you here like a life-giving water, if you only open your heart and drink.

Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch and there is electric light. You turn a faucet and there is warm water and cold water — and drinkable water. It’s a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.
So these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which you can open your heart. And so I wish for you that you would open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you, that everyone whom you will meet on this day will be blessed by you; just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch — just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you, and then it will really be a good day.

– Brother David Steindl-Rast

December 12th, 2012

2013 Trip for Keener Family

November 27th, 2012

First thoughts on having momo twins

I’m sitting in the Randall Children’s hospital. My identical twin daughters we born about 26 hours ago via c-section surgery after a 32 week pregnancy. They are momo twins. (1 placenta, 1 sac – basically doing backstroke around each other in the uterus)

My first few observations and feelings.

- They are small. Like baby doll small.
- They are fragile and red – vulnerable little buggers
- When I look at them, I can’t believe I had a small role in making them about 32 or so weeks ago.
- Feeling supported by family, friends and acquaintances…lots of folks helping and sending good vibes to us.
- Feeling happy they are out and alive (versus being inside which has inherent risks of being in 1 sac)
- Feeling unsure about their future…they are on breathing support and premature. I’m hoping the decisions we made, work out good for their long-term health.
- Feeling emotional when I look at them. They are small and precious. (3.5 lbs and 4 lbs.)
- Can’t wait to travel with them. Today’s BootsnAll article is Girl’s guide to Indie – perfect for them!

November 11th, 2012

Challenges of being a Single Dad

I love challenges and am in the middle of a huge one right now. For at least a month, I get to experience what it is like to be a Single Father. (my wife is living at the hospital for a month to monitor our identical twin girls that are coming)

Overall, I am injoying the challenge.

The adjustment period for the first week was difficult.

I am more open to people’s offer to “help”. Even when it’s something little. (can I take out your garbage?)

I spend a lot more time with Kai. This is fun. I am learning from him. I am tired at the end of the day.

I feel lucky to have a wife that takes a monumental challenge.

My work time is not flexible. When I work, I am more focused on “what matters”.

There are joys of being a single parent, but I would say it is not the preferred method for raising a child.

October 18th, 2012

Modern Way to Look at Education

September 10th, 2012

What gets measured, gets improved

It’s not a new concept.

“What gets measured, gets improved”

Feels like Seth is talking to me today when he asks “What to obsess over

"I'd have you obsess about things that are a lot more difficult to measure. Things like the level of joy or relief or gratitude your best customers feel. How much risk your team is willing to take with new product launches. How many people recommended you to a friend today...

What are you tracking? If you track concepts, your concepts are going to get better. If you track open rates or clickthrough, then your subject lines are going to get better. Up to you.

We are building a new product at BootsnAll that I think can have a big impact on the world. We’ve been discussing internally – “What should we measure?” – Thanks for responding Mr Godin with this blog post!

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