Three things I learned from Obama tonight.
Did you know Obama is the name of a city in Japan?
I learned so much over my evening listening to our CEO Tobi Lutke have a chat with President Barrack Obama.
Below are some of my favorite highlights from this chat:
Young people are idealistic but not naive.
How we educate our children is going to have to change. It requires all young people to sit still with a blackboard, with repetitive tasks—now what we need is an education that fits an entrepreneurial society.
You need to go through the Dark Ages to get to the Renaissance.
"Bad stuff can happen. It is indisputable that if you had to choose a moment in time to be born you'd chose today."
We're living in a time with more opportunity, security, and quality of life unlike almost any other time in history. And we have to accept that we will go through some tough times to make it even better.
We need to change the story.
The political landscape is a story—and the story we are telling ourselves now is that it's a primal story of fear-mongering, you see it almost everywhere.
We must combat this story with other stories.
"We cannot be complacent. You have to fight for it."
Also, Obamas greatest accomplishment clearly is being the wife of Michelle and the father of Malia and Sasha.