It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

April 15, 2015 6:55 PM

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"I think we're not in Kansas..." leaps to mind during the descent into Adelaide, South Australia -- having left San Francisco more than 22 hours ago. I arrive during their winter/U.S. summer to attend the 7th International Urban Design Conference -- Designing Productive Cities, at which I am to present on the topic of International Design. I have eagerly awaited this opportunity since learning that my abstract was accepted -- an avid traveler, this was a part of the globe that I had yet to explore -- and the anticipation of getting my feet on the ground in Oz (as Australia is nicknamed) was immeasurable.

Throughout the flight, my mind wandered -- always coming back to a single concern: failure -- sometimes one wants something so badly, but fate has a different agenda. One doesn't consciously set oneself up for failure although it seems that way. I've been in business for a long time, and have experi...

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