Category Archives: Dreaming Big

Unlikely Olympians: 4 Athletes Who Beat the Odds

by Cecee McDaniel Olympic athletes are, in a phrase, amazing people. Their displays of strength, endurance and mental toughness are the reason we watch the human drama that is the Olympic Games. Here’s four Olympians who forged unconventional paths to the London Games:   John Orozco, 19, is an American gymnast and the 2012 national [...]

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The Hong Kong Of My Youth

by Dominic Ching Nam Wong Hong Kong is the city where I grew up. I spent my first 17 years there and I would say that I had a happy childhood. It is true that Hong Kong is a prime example of Darwinist principles. Survival of the fittest. You see this everywhere: in schools, at [...]

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Was Bruce Lee a Roadmonkey?

The legendary Bruce Lee, a martial artist and student of philosophy, lived his life as if it were a series of opportunities, challenges and celebrations. In that regard, you could argue that he was living la vida Roadmonkey in his own, Bruce Lee way. (This is what happens when you stay up too late watching [...]

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Why I Left The New York Times

People have asked me to explain why I left a successful career as a New York Times staff writer. Other people wondered about the genesis of Roadmonkey. They’re two sides of the same coin, really. Here’s the story: I’ll start with a sentence I wrote, in 2010, for MindFood, an Australian monthly that asked me [...]

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“One thing you dream of doing before you die….”

ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO a Columbia University student, Jenny Lam, created an intimate portrait of New York dreams and aspirations by allowing hundreds of city residents to anonymously write down one thing they want to do before they leave this Earth. Ms. Lam placed pre-stamped postcards all over Manhattan. Each bore a return address to [...]

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