Kirk Akahoshi


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    Finding My Inner Tyler Durden

    You know the iconic scene in the movie Fight Club when the “unnamed narrator” (Ed Norton) finally realizes who Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) really is?

    Durden tells Norton, “Why would anyone possibly confuse you for me? . . .

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    The Origins of the Quarterlife Crisis

    For more than a decade, there has been a sharp increase in the number of individuals in their twenties and thirties who are experiencing an existential crisis. They have reported feeling numb, like a bystander in their own life; questioning the deeper meaning of life; not being clear about their adult identity; and wanting a sense of purpose. It is more common for people to go through this during their midlife crisis. However, a midlife crisis is usually triggered by a sense of one’s own mortality.

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    Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

    Yesterday, PBS aired a special program on Steve Jobs with rare footage of early interviews and perspectives from his colleagues and friends. What resonated for me, in connection to the quarterlife crisis, was the sense of being able to live a broader life than what we were told.

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  • The Human Spirit

    Sherwin Nuland, a practicing surgeon for three decades, talks about hope. His quote about the human spirit resonates with what I believe many individuals in a quarterlife crisis are striving to tap into.

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  • Office Space (1999)

    Office Space (1999) was a good cure for the “case of the Mondays”. Even though it came out a decade ago it still resonates some of the angst many individuals in a quarterlife crisis feel when they are at work.

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    Jerry Rice’s Success and Regret

    Jerry Rice recently was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. As I listened to his acceptance speech, the following lines really stood out:

    “I’m here to tell you that the fear of failure is the engine that has driven me throughout my entire life.”

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    Going Above and Beyond

    Here’s a touching story from Story Corp about Andrew DeVries and his exceptional experience with a hospitalist after getting into a serious motorcycle accident. This is an example of giving each other hope and thus connecting on a very deep level. During the quarterlife crisis, we may come in contact with people for brief moments that can make the difference of a lifetime.

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