Make the Complex Simple

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At one point in my life I was a cub scout. Yes, imagine a small asian boy running around collecting twigs and leaves other combustible material for a fire so that we can cook our dinner.

I loved that as there wasn’t much to it – I was given an overarching goal and then given freedom to find solutions (with very little direction).

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Ambition to Write

William Styron once said this about formal education for those that are considering writing as their profession:

For a person whose sole burning ambition is to write — like myself — college is useless beyond the Sophomore year.

He goes on to say, to his father via letter, than real wisdom comes from simply “getting out in the world and living.” There’s a lot of truth to this, even in today’s economy. If writing was something that I was dead-set on doing out of High School I probably would have felt the same way.

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Bias Toward Action

It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that I have a bias toward action – honestly, I can do no other.

I must form any and all strategy into something tangibly-practical, and the things that stay in the nebulous area of thought are typically forgotten or seen as inferior. Usually both at the same time.

I simply want to do something with what I know and to see something come out of nothing.

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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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