I have historically made most of my bad decisions out of desperation. In other words, when I am in a place of desperation I seem to make the worst possible decisions with my life whether it’s a job opportunity, a project, a relationship(s), and even a startup venture.
I’m not sure about you but I definitely know this about myself and it can be so frustrating because it is when we are the most desperate is when we feel like we should be making decisions, not waiting, patiently, for better opportunities or for more clarity.
But knowing is half the battle, right Duke?
The best line of the entire blog post is at the very end, but don’t miss everything else in the middle. I also grew up around this game and the entire legacy. Unbelievable memories. It inspired a generation (and then some).
The distance between “what you can conceive” and “what you can achieve” is closing faster than anyone thought possible, especially in terms of technology.
Definitely buying the book.
Dear 24-year Old Sir,
Last time we met I learned a lot about who you were - last night I learned more about who you want to be, although your biggest concerns right now is the fact that your girlfriend is about to give birth any day now (so glad she had a nice time in Macon with her friends and family at her baby shower!) and the fact that you were turned away when you attempted to get your weekly food stamps so you can feed your growing family (apparently the government shut down fucked that up too, sheesh).
But you attitude is so positive and your perspective is so uplifting that it really makes me reconsider my own state and position considerably – you have a better attitude about life and your situation than most people although you may not even recognize it.
And I’m so thankful that I could sell you my car. I had no intention of selling it to you as I had tons of offers on it already but you fit the bill perfectly and USAA will take great care of you in terms of your insurance, payments, and other such stuff. I, like you, have been well-taken care of by them in the past and they won’t let you down.
Giving you a deal on it was not a problem and I’m happier for it; I think you’re the right person for it and that’s about it. Sure, not the most prudent decision financially perhaps but I believe it was an important one. You see, you’ve gotten something very special with that little Toyota as it’s a living example of how God can turn lemons into lemonade.
I spent some time with a ton of undergraduate students (and some graduate / Ph.D) this past weekend and shared with them a few thoughts on my career journey and how I eventually ended up as an entrepreneur.
Per my usual I gave them my personal email address and have been fielding a ton of emails from them regarding their current situation and how they aren’t sure about what they should do with their futures as they get closer to graduation.
I remember having my own insecurities when I was nearing the end of my time at Georgia Tech and although I had a clear picture of what I enjoyed doing I made some really bad decisions right off the bat resulting in two jobs back-to-back that were terrible fits; thankfully I was fired quickly from both of them (they were some of the worst jobs of my life.
Back in 2008 I registered the domain name www.cubepreneur.com with the intention of writing my thoughts as being an internal-entrepreneur, or an intrapreneur in a large fortune company.
I was an engineer at the time and had just gotten the green light to start working more on “Greensfield Projects,” projects that had less oversight and had more freedom to experiment with newer technologies. I was so grateful for the opportunity as I was literally rotting away at my current role developing their enterprise ecommerce platform and tech as this was more in line with what I had hoped to do with the company.
As such, with most things, I wanted to write specifically from the vantage and perspective of being an intrapreneur, or a “cubepreneur” – one who innovates from the cubicle atmosphere. In many ways this blog and the small application I was planning was doomed to fail as I realized very quickly after I started in this futurestate organization that being an entrepreneur within the confines of a larger organization wasn’t as sweet of a deal as I had first imagined.
When I was growing up I figured that it was important to be good at everything that I did or tried. This was most likely a combination of the culture of competition that I grew up in as well as my own personality and behavioral tendencies – but who’s to know and at this point it doesn’t matter that much where it came from.
What does matter, though, is that I maintained this perspective for most of my life – this idea that if I didn’t perform to the utmost and achieve the greatest results or grades or professional reviews that I was a failure. I pushed myself to the very limit which resulted in a deep battle with depression which ultimately had me attempt suicide my freshman year in college as the requirements of perfection became too impossible to meet.
Luckily I was not very good at suicide so my failure was, in fact, a pretty solid “win” – go figure.