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Coming Attractions: Memoirs of a Minyan

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Get ready for the ride of my life!

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The morning started off like any other. I awoke, showered, walked to work (it's a beautiful day!), stopped at the corner kiosk to pick up my coffee from Jamal, popped upstairs, settled into my turret, caught up on the world, cracked my knuckles and prepared to synthesize my thoughts in the city of critters.

A funny thing happened. Nothing.

I mean, absolutely nothing.

For 10 years, I've written while I worked. For ten years, all day every day, I've scribed vibe for all to see. For ten years, my mind has been a raging torrent flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.

But this morning, nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch.

Three hours. It took me 3 hours to write an opener that typically takes 20 minutes. I've heard of this thing called "writer's block," and perhaps that's it. Or maybe, just maybe, it was a subtle suggestion by the powers that be that I need to take a break to recharge the batteries (which I'm doing, starting next Friday). Whatever it was, it sure was weird!

Before I turn my attention back to the tape -- and hopeful that, at some level, it makes up for the void today -- I'll share some news I'm prolly not supposed to (yet). Over the last several years, I've been secretly working on a compilation of stories, my stories, affectionately dubbed Memoirs of a Minyan in the most un-narcissistic way possible.

It's a first-person account of a young man programmed to believe that net worth was self-worth and success was measured by money. I chased the cash register looking for validation and never took the time to realize that there was indeed a difference between having fun and being happy. Some might say I fell into the trap.

Don't get me wrong; I was never that guy. Ruby taught me the importance of my name and word and the foundational constructs of honesty, trust and respect were always central to my being. I did, however, take much for granted until a confluence of events in 2000 and 2001, many of which have never been shared in public or private.

Memoirs recounts my personal and professional journey from the inside-out. It's an honest take, both on myself and the folks I experienced along the way. I originally wrote it as a book -- and, in fact, received an offer to publish it -- but decided to take a different route, one that will benefit this community that has come to sustain me.

Starting in early June, we plan to release this as an e-Book, one chapter per week for 18 weeks. It will tell my tale with truth, humility and trust, an honest introspection from someone who fell pray to the false idolatry of money. That's not to say money doesn't matter, of course, I'm simply saying it's not all that matters.

It took a round trip for me to see it but I'm certain that I'm a better man for it.

R.P.

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Todd Harrison is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minyanville. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harrison was President and head trader at a $400 million dollar New York-based hedge fund. Todd welcomes your comments and/or feedback at todd@minyanville.com.

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