What I learned this year – Daniel Stein

By Egotist / /

I spent a lot of time on the road this year (probably too much time). I am a little ashamed to admit that I spent nearly one-third of the year living out of a suitcase in one hotel or another.

An upside of each trip was the pleasure of coming home to San Francisco. Of course the city is beautiful and has incredible culture, nightlife, food and a colorful history. But that isn’t what makes it great.

The city embraces uncertainty and celebrates a revolutionary spirit. People rally around progressive, disruptive and seemingly impossible ideas and are always quick to support a unconventional approach. The City’s DNA is built on invention and it is quick to un-learn tradition and embrace the future. There is an incredible optimism in the air and there is always a belief that tomorrow will be better than today.

It’s an inspiring spirit that I have never felt anywhere else and it is why I love living and working in San Fran. As I travel the world, it makes me proud to see how much the ideas coming out of the Bay Area influences innovation around the world.

I have lived here for seventeen years, but feel like I have just learned why I love it so much.


  1. Anonymous December 19, 2012

    I love this one. Every time I
    I love this one. Every time I get a little tired of SF, all I have to do is leave for a week or so and then I realize why it’s so great here.

    Thanks for reminding me of what I learned a long time ago, Daniel.