I have spent the last few years coaching many, many people. It is something that I enjoy doing and I have found it to be incredibly rewarding for both parties involved.
I do this on a very limited basis professionally and those monthly time slots fill up fast (if you’re interested in this type of thing you can email me to discuss). I have coached Fortune 500 leaders, entrepreneurs, startup companies, and more on things like product development, financing, organizational acceleration, and human capital.
It’s a good gig and it’s something that I want to continue to pursue on the side but not something that I think I’ll ever do full-time.
I’m adding one more coaching role to the list and this one is the scariest of all:
I’m super-pumped about ConvergeFL, happening this November 7 & 8th in Jacksonville, Florida and I hope to see you there! I’ll be taking the stage among a number of other super-talented folk and I’m not even sure what I’ll be speaking about (go figure)!
But I promise it’ll be great.
My father-in-law is a serial entrepreneur and has an unbelievable amount of experience building businesses. The major difference is that he’s a brick-and-mortar type of guy while I’m (mostly) digital.
Last night was the Grand Opening celebration of his newest venture, a golf range and shop in Augusta, GA. I drove 2+hours each way to support him as well as drop off something that my wife had put together with the help of our girls.
At some point every couple has that specific conversation around the number of children they would like to have. Sometimes (hopefully) this conversation starts when the two are dating or courting and other times this conversation happens early in their new marriage.
Both partners bring with them a history and a context of what a “nuclear” family is. For instance, my wife is the oldest of 2 having a nuclear family of 4 while I am the oldest of 5 and requesting 7 seats at a restaurant was the norm.
I had always had the itch to have a large family as well but I wasn’t entirely sure of the reason why. Perhaps it was because I came from a large family or because I simply enjoyed not getting all the attention or because my mother had 10 people in her direct family. I’m still not sure what the reason was but I had imagined that I’d have a handful of kids of my own.
I have the privilege to engage with people who I believe exemplify passion, who live and breathe it as they do their work.
They are alive, in all the best ways and are constantly growing personally and professionally. When I first meet these people I know that they are passionate about what they do.
Count it. One-one-thousand, two-one-thousand…
It’s quick but our understanding of speed is relative to the task at hand (or the event that’s taking place). For instance, two seconds in the 100-metre dash is an absolute lifetime while two seconds more while reading a book is the blink of an eye.
Everything else can fall relative on the scale and for most of us most of the time we hardly are even aware of how time really passes.
… but not all ideas are good.
I was reminded this the other night as I chatted with my father about the current state of things and as I asked for some advice and counsel on a few particulars that I know he had experience dealing with.
I was talking specifically about corporate culture, organizational dynamics, and scaling/growth when he level-set the conversation by stating:
Everyone has good ideas but not all ideas are good.
I reflected for a moment and realized that he was right.