via New Yorker
Via the New Yorker:
It seems that con artists, for all their vices, represent many of the virtues that Americans aspire to. Con artists are independent and typically self-made. They don’t have to kowtow to a boss—no small thing in a country in which people have always longed to strike out on their own. They succeed or fail based on their wits.
They exemplify, in short, the complicated nature of American capitalism, which, as McDougall argues, has depended on people being hustlers in both the positive and the negative sense. The American economy wasn’t built just on good ideas and hard work. It was also built on hope and hype.
Is there much of a difference between the con artist and the independent, self-made entrepreneuers that many of us read about?
I have a pretty intense and comprehensive blog post series that can walk you through getting a WordPress blog up and running as well as how to monetize a blog.
It’s been a pleasure to see so many reader walk through those series (I’ve got tons) and daily I can literally track new readers encounter them and systematically pour through them (H/T Google Analytics).
Although there have been a ton of changes since I originally wrote many of those series both on the side of WordPress as well as all of the technologies that surround the general blogging ecosystem there are a few things that haven’t changed (or haven’t changed for the better).
I miss these two something fierce.
It’s been an incredible week here in Greenville as I plan for what appears to be an incredible year. I’ve got a talented team that’s ready to tackle the very large challenges that are ahead of us corporately and we’re all ready to kill it.
In these moments of deep satisfaction you naturally want to turn to those that you love the most and share with them the excitement that you feel, the joy that is yours for that moment.
Probably shouldn’t work with 3-year olds either.
When we venture into new roles with new responsibilities with new challenges and new people you inevitably do a number of compare and contrast exercises with your previous experiences.
I believe this is a healthy exercise and one that can reveal a number of truths that can prove to be invaluable in ones growth and success as there is always room for the expansion of one’s perspective and the opportunity to glean from the past.
One startling (and humbling) discovery is the realization that it is vastly better to work with grownups in challenging startup ventures instead of children.
I’ve had shared this challenge with countless people in the last few weeks and I feel drained even talking about it let alone actually building a solution for it; when I’ve been asked about the things that I’m in excited about this year I tell them that scaling a company to 40+ employees (from single-digits) in a calendar year is extremely exciting and at the very same time incredibly scary.
The Iron Yard is growing fast and today was a big “news” day for our organization as we had a neat article by Fast Company drop which covered our expanding code school as well as our announcement of our third technology accelerator in Asheville, NC. It feels surreal and I’ve taken a few moments to just let it “sink in.”
We give our students brand new notebooks for their journey!
I am now distinctly in the business of changing lives and I find this explicit placement deeply and incredibly satisfying.
I have been on this track for quite some time and my heart has been deeply set with education in mind but I have never worked explicitly for an organization where that is part of the foundational mission and vision.
Now, I get to do that on the daily as being part of The Iron Yard. Check out this killer video we produced about some of our previous students, their experiences, and their success:
I’ll be speaking at Transform Athens’ meetup on February 20th – make sure to come on by and let’s talk tech, blogging, design, dev, and your future (and have an overall good time)!
Hope to see you there!