My dad passed me this the other day via a PDF that was created years ago from a newsletter of some sort.
Steve Klusmeyer, the author, once wrote a piece on life through the perspective of those cute and colorful bricks and it was struck me at just the right moment, at just the right time.
I thought I’d share it and pass it on to you:
A big part of my job @ The Iron Yard is spending time on the phone or in local coffee shops counseling people on their future and where they really want to be (and do). It’s a fun and exceptionally-rewarding activity and it continues to motivate me when I get up in the morning and keeps me awake at night as I think about all the potential for these people.
Inevitably many of them hit walls of self-doubt and anxiety as they move forward and get closer to a decision. In the context of our Code School I completely understand as we are asking for a full-time commitment both with their time and their financial resources so that they might begin the journey from where they are today and where they want to be tomorrow.
But doesn’t significant life change always require a full-time commitment?
I’ve got a neat talk and workshop that I’m giving on 3/3 about how I took an idea and made it very, very real. I am going to try to give this talk a few times this year as it’s one of my favorites (so if you can’t make this one then I will definitely be doing it again!).
Here’s the overview:
So much concentration…!
I’ve begun spending time with my oldest, @Roenne, and showing her some basic programming languages and I’ve decided to have her take a stab at Ruby. Here’s her first few lines:
I’m beginning to test the Karma mobile hotspot system since I’m spending a lot of time traveling from place to place to interview potential hires as well as interview potential students and I really do enjoy having these engagements in a local coffee shop because of the environment and casual atmosphere.
Of course the wifi in these locations completely suck and some of them can be so saturated to the point where you can’t even join them to begin with! That’s sad and I’ve been wanting a solution for sometime.
A friend of mine is venturing into Kickstarter land (oh boy, don’t I know a thing or two about that!) with his project IHeartNote.
It continues to baffle me that there are people in my life that, on their own volition, still listen to me without throwing their hands up in the air in frustration.
My wife is one of those people and she has heard it all (and then some). From wild and crazy ideas to the impossible and then back again as well as walking with me through my intense struggles with depression, anxiety1, fear and even anger at the way things are, the way things happened, and the way I’d love things to be.
Great life partners can do that (and a few friends and professional partners as well, on occasion although it’s very rare) and can fully stand against a growing tide and love the person they see beneath. I am not quite capable of doing this myself for others (i.e. I’m not very good at this in the slightest) but I recognize the time and the effort for it to be done.
I’m quite thankful.