Hyping My Friends.
Part of bragging better, and shining a light on what you've done, is helping shine a light on others.
This theory is called Shine Theory, and was coined by friends Amina Sow and Ann Friedman, the co-hosts of Call Your Girlfriend, among many other things between the two of them. This idea that "I don't shine if you don't shine" means that it's equally as important for me to brag about my friends and what they're up to.
Here are some people I love (just a small snippet, too many to count and I'm lucky) doing some very interesting things. As this list grows and grows I'm realizing I have too many people in my life doing too many amazing things. I feel wildly grateful.
- My brother, Nick Fineman, being a superstar producer at The Today Show. He gets up very early, never misses a beat (literally and figuratively), and loves Trader Joe's.
- Best friend Morgan Gerard, being a legal eagle at Troutman Sanders.
- Sarah Lane, podcasting with the best of them and staying on top of all things tech.
- Wes Lowery, writing about crucial topics spanning race in America.
- Tom McLeod, serial entrepreneur and man I'd bet on, building a better system for storage with Omni.
- Claire Saffitz, going viral for all the right reasons, like slaving away for hours to make gourmet Skittles.
- Kate Gardiner, wheeling and dealing and keeping media in check and thriving.
- Whitney Johnson, coaching and helping people be their best selves while always demanding output from herself.
- Stephen DuBois, making things beautiful every day.
- Jose Mejia, art directing the lives of vibrant artists, carrying plants seamlessly.
- Jen Nedeau, building communities and working tirelessly to make sure trains run on time at Facebook, among other places.
- Dana Marlowe, being the world's biggest mensch, supporting homeless women with Support the Girls and making sure differently-abled people are able to access technology.
- Nilofer Merchant, helping people own their best selves and not being afraid to rock a studded boot while talking at TED.
- Ruth Ann Harnisch, fearlessly funding and doing good, giving all of her time away when she doesn't have to.
- Michael Starghill, taking beautiful photos and having a beautiful daughter for me to dress.
- Johnica Reed, dictating all things culture, fashion, and art with her critical eye.
- Jenn Garcia, being early at all Things that are cool and going to every off-the-books concert and exhibit you've never heard of.
- Ramy Youssef, transcending comedy and creating a show.
- Emil Anticevic, making beautiful games and taking meetings with me in Paris.
- Kristen Connolly, molding into new characters with ease.
- Ben Sheehan, fighting for what he cares about and doing it with the best jokes in the room.
- Rina Shah, bringing together women, speaking her mind, caring about policy.
- Jenni Lim, fighting for the Republican party to evolve and recognize.
- Steve Place, connecting and gaming and strategizing while being the nicest.
- Melissa Ryan, fighting the Alt-Right and educating us all on trolls every day.
- Garance Franke-Ruta, writing beautiful things and cooking them too.
- Nisha Chittal, being a key member at Vox and being better at cooking than anyone I know.
- Andi Zhubi, hiking and churning every day in San Francisco.
- Lily Corvo, remaining the most spirited woman I know and running Ali Velshi's life.
- Jose Lopez-Sanchez, writing about music, caring about others, and making sure he retains his status as the Mayor of Washington.
- Shallon Lester, fearlessly putting herself out there on the internet, always iterating, and reaching new audiences.
- Natalia Noguera - changing the pipelines, changing the conversation, and never afraid to speak up.
I really truly could go on and on and on. But check out these people, they all deserve everything.