I spend a great deal of time encouraging everyone I meet to do more writing. I think writing has become a nice-to-do and a sidelined skill and activity that more people have abandoned for other less valuable activities.
I’ve stated my reasons why I write many times and I think it’s important for everyone to discover their own personal reasons why they engage in the most-healthy activity of writing.
One of the natural outcauses that I have shared continually is the natural benefit of being exposed on the internet and the natural opportunities that arise from being more visible. In fact, much of my own personal success both personally and professionally can track back to my blog in some way.
A good friend of mine is walking through their very first acquisition and the numbers that he’s working with are 7-figures.
Naturally, the excitement was pretty palpable as the thought of living completely debt-free and all the other benefits of a large buyout turn from fiction to reality.
But that excitement doesn’t always stay that high for that long and he realized that really quick as he began moving into the “due diligence” phase where the nitty-gritty of an acquisition comes into play.
After having walked through a few of these myself we’ve chatted weekly about the progress and I’m very happy to help (ecstatic, actually) as a neutral counselor and sounding board.
Have you ever considered and/or read the actual WordPress Philosophy? It’s worth a read if you haven’t.
I’ve been reflecting more and more about the core and foundational thoughts around WordPress, especially since I’ve been generally “away” and more removed from that direct community than I have been in the past, and with more clarity how I engage with the platform as a whole, both professionally and personally (and for my upcoming app Desk that will connect to it).
Here are the main points of their philosophy and my own personal thoughts:
You know how it is when you first open that new gadget or new device or interact with that new “thing” and the first thing you experience isn’t elation or joy – it’s frustration!
You know how infuriating that can be and how it instantly tempers the relationship you have with the product. In fact, the emotional response can be so intense that it can change the way you see not only the product but also the business behind it.
Heck, it might even directly impact your relationship with the person behind the business or piece of software (and even the person who introduced you to it)!
The girls try their first!
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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.