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  • The Green Knight: Getting Ripped
    lbs of lean weight I also lost 11 lbs of fat I was back to my 2002 starting weight of 204 lbs but with a much better body composition 2008 2009 I spent the next two years in Switzerland which made it easy to continue my fat loss trend I was surrounded by fresh wholesome foods especially at the IMD restaurant and I had to walk uphill everywhere My strength training options were more limited than I had had in the US but I had shifted my focus by this point to a new phase in my life it really wasn t important to me anymore to be able to bench press 400 lbs or squat 600 I dropped 6 lbs of lean weight but lost another 7 lbs of fat I had finally made it down into the 190s and my lighter weight felt great especially on the volleyball court where I was jumping higher and playing better than ever before 2010 2011 When I moved back to the US I continued my focus on calories assuming that all calories were equal and it only mattered how many I consumed not which type they were I began running more than I ever had before both aerobically long jogs and anaerobically interval sprints but slowly surely my weight was creeping back up By the end of 2011 I was getting back up toward 200 lbs again 159 lean and 37 fat 2012 As you can see from the graph of my body fat weight below 2012 has been a tale of two halves Motivated by several articles from The SHOP I began the year with a new focus on what I ate rather than how much I ate Initially I only adopted some of The SHOP s best nutrition practices and after some brief improvements in the early part of the year lost 1 lb lean weight but also 3 lbs fat I stalled out I was still eating lots of grains and starches because I couldn t really envision a life without bready foods Then during a summer trip to Switzerland my life changed when Katie and I tried baking with almond flour An entirely new world opened up to me of food that adhered to good nutritional principles but still tasted delicious and satisfying I m now eating as much as I want of a specific subset of foods and the results over the last five months have been pretty convincing I ve gained back that 1 lb of lean weight and shed an additional 10 lbs of fat This morning s BodPod test measured me at 182 lbs early high school weight 159 lean and 23 fat 12 8 body fat my lowest by far since I ve been measuring So in almost 11 years I have dropped 30 lbs of body fat but a very big chunk of that in the last several months My strength is up athletic performance is up and finding clothes that

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  • The Green Knight: Inspiring TJ Football Players
    is constantly knocking you down The question is what do you do about it There are two types of people those who roll over and take it and those who bounce back up fighting even harder than before The ability to overcome adversity is the most important life skill to develop and it can t be taught in the classroom or learned in a book There is no AP exam for it No the good news is that the best place in the world to develop that skill is up there on the TJ football field The bad news is that you re running out of time Seniors I m especially talking to you You have three hours of game time left in your TJ football careers Three hours to prove to the world and yourselves that you have what it takes to overcome adversity This team has seen its share of adversity this season You ve lost some key players and come up on the wrong side of some close contests In the world of corporate strategy we talk about must win battles I believe that tonight s game is a must win battle for TJ football tonight s game will define the season for you and even your entire TJ football experience Out on the field tonight you will show that you re not boys who will lie there and take it but men who will stand up and fight Can we all agree on that murmers of consent We MUST win Is there anyone here though who believes that necessity is all it takes to win a football game no hands That s right it s not the team with the greatest ability or necessity that wins rather it s the team that executes on the field of play when it counts So close your eyes I want you to visualize yourself executing perfectly tonight QBs see yourself making the right read and firing a tight spiral right on target RBs see yourself taking the handoff securing the ball and making a good cut Receivers you re running a tight route turning around and looking the ball into your hands as you catch it Linemen you re dominating the man across from you putting him on the ground and moving downfield to pick up a linebacker Defensive players you re squaring up on the ball carrier wrapping up and driving through him as you take him to the ground Kickers you re pointing your toe and seeing the ball splitting the uprights perfectly Now fast forward to the end of the game The seconds on the clock are ticking down You re looking over at your comrades in arms and smiling You re beaten and bruised but the euphoria of victory is upon you You know that tomorrow s Homecoming dance is going to be a lot more fun now but you re not ready to think about that just yet Right now you just want to

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  • The Green Knight: Hassinspiration
    t subjects you can learn in a classroom These aren t traits you can read about in a book These are intrinsic characteristics that you develop up there on the football field So you think you re out there playing a game but you re really training yourself for the rest of your adult lives I certainly didn t realize that when I was playing football here but it is so abundantly clear to me now The greatest lesson that I learned from this TJ football training ground is how to deal with failure The world s greatest leaders are defined not by how they deal with success rather how they respond to failure This is because the path to success invariably winds its way through many failures first Some people most people accept these and give up Others learn from their failures growing stronger better prepared and even more motivated for success These are the people who become truly great Sounds easy right But failure is hard When you really set your heart on something and then fail to achieve it it hurts it hurts bad I know Lord knows we experienced plenty of failure in my TJ football days And I know you guys have had your share of failure so far this season too so I can imagine how you guys must be hurting right now maybe a little frustrated maybe a little downhearted A natural response to repeated failure is to stop caring If you don t yearn so much for victory it doesn t hurt so much when you don t achieve it If that s how you feel right now about tonight s game against Marshall I won t think any less of you As I said it is a very natural defense mechanism that saves a lot of people a lot of pain But if that s how you feel right now about tonight s game against Marshall then don t you dare set foot on our football field Decades of players before you have shed blood sweat and tears on that field often against very long odds so if you re out there with anything less than 100 commitment to and belief in victory it s a dishonor to yourself to your team and to everyone who s ever worn the uniform There is so much I d like to share with you through the benefit of 14 years of 20 20 hindsight but I just have these few minutes I hope you will at least take away from this that what happens out there tonight will be more meaningful for the rest of your lives than you can possibly realize right now The question is are you going to let it be just some silly pastime Or are you going to take it own it and ensure that is a source of strength and pride for you that pays dividends throughout your professional and personal lives I can t answer that

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  • The Green Knight: What is it like to attend Rice?
    t find at any of the other schools I visited I was hooked After I received my acceptance letter I barely even glanced at the letters from the other schools to which I had applied When I arrived on campus as a freshman I quickly realized that most of the other students had been attracted to Rice for the same reasons it was elite but not elitist My classmates were absolutely brilliant in all sorts of ways but everyone was modest open and friendly My residential college quickly became my home away from home as we all worked hard and played hard together Academically I found Rice really challenging I double majored in computer science and electrical engineering so I was already taking a heavy work load but then I would have been remiss not to take advantage of the amazing course offerings in the humanities arts and literature as well It was a struggle to keep up with it all but I wasn t alone Rice s achievement oriented culture meant that many other students were also pushing the boundaries of what was reasonable Rice let us do it though and we banded together to help each other out As I labored through my classes became involved in student government started some clubs and founded my first startup and slept very little over the course of my undergrad career one thing that really stuck out to me was the Rice administration s trust and empowerment of its students We were really treated like adults Our classes were taught by faculty not grad students we worked on research directly with those faculty and even dined and socialized together through the residential colleges some faculty even lived with us on campus our College Masters like a Hogwarts Head of House Students were entrusted to enforce the honor code which added integrity to our degrees and numerous times major problems or policy decisions were left to student leadership to solve This trust and and responsibility made for a unique experiential development environment I learned an incredible amount in my classes of course but my most valuable development happened outside of the classroom relationships leadership teamwork communication organization prioritization and general find a way to make something happenness I don t understand people like Peter Thiel who argue for students to forego a college degree I think they miss the point of the real value created during one s time at a university and I suspect that they didn t have a magical experience like this one Now that it has been 15 years since I matriculated as a freshman at Rice one thing is clear The bond that was forged between so many smart different honest humble students going through a unique development experience together lasts forever I have lived around the world and every time I meet another Rice alum there is a warm glow and an instant desire to connect that stems from this bond Many others could probably articulate

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  • The Green Knight: A Meaningful Award for Smart OES
    joke has been that if our company completely fails we ll dole out one award to each investor those would be some expensive plaques This award however came with a cash prize making it very helpful in advancing our venture This shows how Houston is taking entrepreneurship seriously and literally putting its money where its mouth is As I stated in my presentation we have grand ambitions to create a massive worldwide market but we need help to achieve our lofty goals Well this helps So I offer my sincere thanks to the Houston Technology Center its staff the Goradia family who funded the prize and the judges who selected us You are helping foster entrepreneurship in Houston in very meaningful ways And I offer my congratulations to the other Goradia Innovation Prize finalists It is an honor to be counted among you and I hope that we will all become resounding success stories Now back to working hard to live up to the hype Posted by Bryan Hassin at 17 23 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels competition entrepreneurship Houston Smart Office Energy Solutions No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1

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  • The Green Knight: A New Way
    to begin with the US Thank you Chairman for helping me see the way Over the past several years I spent a lot of time apologizing for the US it was hard not to given the administration I moved to Europe I even applied for dual citizenship in Italy I m ashamed to say it but I may have lost my national identity somewhat But discussions in class that made my blood boil the rhetoric of a new administration and a lot of self reflection have jolted me back to my senses For all her faults I love my country I still get chills when I hear the Star Spangled Banner I still cry when I think of those who have given their lives in her service I m still a patriot I ve never taken the opportunity to serve my country as valiantly as have some of my noble friends and family in the forces but now perhaps I can do my part She needs devoted leaders to support a sea change in energy and I will answer the call Leaving something that is very successful and gaining momentum is hard to do so I spent a lot of time toiling with the rational pros and cons of my decision At the end of the day though I made the decision for exactly one very irrational very compelling reason this new direction just feels right Trusting my feelings is something I still have a hard time doing but I had a much harder time with it before IMD Many thanks to all of my professors classmates and especially loved ones for helping me develop both the awareness of and trust in those feelings last year So what now I will stay with Poken until the end of August to ensure a smooth transition of my responsibilities and not leave Poken hanging I will remain in Lausanne until the end of September to tie up loose ends and begin work on identifying whatever comes next I have an offer to be the CEO of a US green technology startup It s a really good fit for my background IT based B2B based in Houston so I may take it but I am still vetting the opportunity and identifying others I feel actually somewhat as I did at this point last year with a universe of possibilities out there and not really knowing where to start With the benefit of 8 months of work behind me though I am now much more focused on exactly what I want to be doing and where how I can contribute the most Whatever I wind up doing I will miss my classmates and Poken colleagues on this side of the Pond very dearly I emailed this blog post out to my classmates yesterday and the tremendous outpouring of support I have received from them has been nothing short of moving In the language of George Kohlrieser my family friends and classmates are secure bases

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  • The Green Knight: If Climate Change Isn't Happening, Why Is the Arctic Melting?
    makes sense to me to do everything within our power to oppose the trend This was a major reason that I devoted my entrepreneurial career to cleantech ventures As a capitalist I love how many clean technologies that help us address climate change simply make good business sense anyway like energy efficiency for example I also provided a link to a series of articles on How To Talk To Climate Skeptics Posted by Bryan Hassin at 11 08 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels climate change environment 1 comment LakerMrB said Not to trivialize your accomplishments but I would like to add a bit of humor along with some reality According to Kemps It s the cows And the United Nations has declared that the methane from cow emissions is the greatest threat to the climate forests and wildlife Livestock emissions are responsible for 18 of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming That s more than all forms of transportation put together My solution to the crisis includes encouraging more people to become vegetarians We could then drastically and quickly reduce global warming and its effects on the environment Of course we would need to increase the production of Beano Wednesday September 26 2012 at 9 20 00 AM EDT Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3

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  • The Green Knight: Morning Run in Houston
    kicks the day off right Early exercise is a great way to prepare mentally for the day as well By the end of my run I felt centered and after a shower ready to accomplish everything I had organized in my head during my 90 minutes of running meditation Houston s bayous really are beautiful lush green banks and smooth streams winding right through the center of our thriving metropolis I live a short jog away from Buffalo Bayou and my office is right along it downtown I didn t realize how valuable that proximity would be when I moved in but now I m extremely grateful for it There is a bond issue up for vote this November 6th to develop the parks along the bayous even further tremendously enhancing and increasing Houston s green space I encourage everyone to learn more at Parks By You and to vote for it in November Posted by Bryan Hassin at 12 22 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bayous Houston parks running No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July 1 June 2 May 2 April 1 March 2 February 2 January 11 2012 35

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