On Fear, Pants, and Vocational Destiny

Theodore Roosevelt once said this:

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.

It’s so true it hurts (get it… get it?!? Okay… too early…).

By the time I left college I had worked for some really large companies and I was looking to continue that trend because it’s really all I knew. The startup world wasn’t even part of the equation nor would it be part of my life for a little while longer.

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The First 365 Days

A few weeks ago I crossed a major milestone with The Iron Yard – I survived a full year as a full-time salaried staff member and I didn’t quit nor did I get fired. So, that’s good.

No, I mean, that’s freaking amazing. Seriously. I am, in many respects, generally unemployable and so to work with such great people in an environment where I am allowed to be myself and, consequently, creating exceptional value for my partners, investors, staff, and customers is incredibly rewarding and satisfying.

Thankfully, I have known Peter and Eric for years so the concept of working with them in this more official capacity wasn’t a foreign concept (we had chatted about this on numerous occasions – timing never worked out though until late last year).

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The story of Jesus and his disciples getting caught on the sea of Galilee in what is recorded as a “pretty big storm” is fairly well-known. Many lessons have been gleaned from this historic event and typical themes include things like “trust,” “dependence,” and, of course, “faith.”

The problem is that this wasn’t just another “storm” but rather something akin to hurricane-force winds. If it was just a storm then the disciples would not have feared for their very lives. They were life-long fisherman, for goodness sake, and so they’ve “been there” and “done that.”

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The First Time I Really Gave a Shit About My Career


When I graduated college (OMGWTFBBQ is that… so lucky…) I wasn’t completely sure what I was going to do with my life. I had a few job opportunities but also had experience working on my own projects and doing contract work. “Entrepreneurship” wasn’t even part of my literal vocabulary though.

Ultimately I made one of the worst decisions of my life, career-wise at least, took some terrible advice and accepted a full-time role in a NOC working on Cisco routers. I was fired in less than 90 days (thankfully).

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