I’m often asked how New York is different from other U.S. cities. There are the obvious things like living without a car and in the center of everything. But the striking difference is that people are here because they want to be, and they worked their ass off to get here and to stay here.

No one is stagnant. You can’t be. You’d run out of money and have to go home. No one is here because their parents lived here, and so they do, too. Everyone came here with a dream and something to prove. To stay here, we sacrifice time, money and privacy. We work day jobs to fund our passions. No one just works a 9-to-5 and calls it a day. Everyone has a side project. Waitresses wake up early to record tracks in the studio. Office workers spend their weekends on their books. Actors work temp jobs on Madison Avenue. The energy just radiates throughout the city, and fuels everyone here. How could I possibly go home and watch “Friends” reruns all evening when Navani is out making a documentary and writing a book?

It’s a beautiful thing to fill a city with so many like-minded people. I was talking to a friend about this today. He’s lived in London and says the atmosphere there is quite similar.

So there you have it. I can just end this blog today now that the secret is out.

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  1. The brief time I was there (for 1 week, in 2008, I believe) I totally felt this. It was part of why I tried looking into planning jobs at ad agencies. I felt inspired by all of the energy. And, the girl who let me stay with her had this drive – I’m kind of in awe of her. She just recently was published in Fast Company!

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