After experiencing something like Startup Weekend it’s hard to imagine coming back to something as mundane, boring, and banal as a 9-to-5 job.
Thankfully, I do not have a job like that but I do remember what it’s like coming back to something that I really hated after having the time of my life somewhere else.
And we’ve all had this experience once or twice ourselves (or 1,000 times over) coming back from a vacation or from an exceptionally-great weekend but there’s something very primal about doing something that you’d love to do as your full-time job and role during a “break” and then coming back to something that you have to do that you detest for your salaried income.
It can be a painful reminder that we’re all in transition and that we may not be there quite yet.
I’ll tell you my perspective and then you can tell me yours; I call my small computing device that includes a typewriter and a screen a notebook computer but apparently it is still up for debate as to whether or not that is the best term to use.
I still hear “laptop” and I literally cringe. I’m not entirely sure why nor do I remember when I first started to cringe but I cannot stand the word. It is a notebook computer to me and there is no other description that will suffice.
This story is pretty-much why I do what I do @ The Iron Yard – I can’t get enough of this!
I went straight to university after high school, and very quickly found that it wasn’t for me. So I did odd-jobs for a few years until 2013- I worked in every aspect of coffee. From roasting, to being a barista, to carting coffee across borders. I was a coffee mule! I found out about Iron Yard through a family friend and decided to give it a shot.
He went on to become a full-time Front End Engineer at a fast-growing and exciting company. My hope is that we can continue to produce these types of stories every single semester.
The above video should give you an idea… Learn more here.
I shared this picture this morning via Twitter and my tweet got a few responses that I felt warranted a better and more long-form answer.
The simple and short answer is this: I do not like to use external monitors because more digital real estate does not equate to greater productivity, at least for me.
I’ll be headed to Spartanburg for the weekend to hang out with a great group of talented business developers, designers, and engineers in an attempt to hack together some really cool stuff in an incredibly short amount of time.
I also have the distinct pleasure of rallying the attendees and participants with a short keynote – that should be fun!
If you haven’t heard of the Great Wide Open conference then you’re missing out! It’s coming to Atlanta on April 2-3 and I’ll be speaking at the event as well.
It’s definitely something to check out if you’re in the Atlanta or surrounding area… the lineup for speakers is pretty nutso.