[Originally published via my personal newsletter.]
I can’t believe it’s half-way through the week already! Thankfully, I’ve had a handful of convos with you already so I don’t think we need to chat anymore… at least for the remainder of the week ahead.
Sorry, not sorry. But… hey! Look at what I found:
I’m cleaning out my literal closet and found an old “TODO LIST” from middle school! You can see the following things:
- John will take kids to park everyday when not staying after
- Peter will too
- Babysitting will be also a source
- Clean baseboards.
- Clean windows — inside and out
- Clean smudges off walls
- Do extra chores
- Sort laundry
- Do all errands
- Get good grades
You can, of course, see right behind that old list (circa ~1997-ish) my current notebook where I still do the same sort of thing for my professional work! And here’s a report from my Freshman year of High School on my time in Geometry:
As I’ve said before: You are what you do.
And, as we already know, our companies… our very startups… are a manifestation of all that we are, both the good and the bad.
Funny enough, I spent the first-half of my professional career running away from the very things that I loved so that I could do what everyone else thought was a good idea; I ended up disillusioned, hurt, and anxious about my future.
Now, in the last decade, I’ve been going back to my roots and I simply operate in the ways that I naturally operate — go figure! I spent the vast majority of my days learning new things, teaching folks what I know, and hopefully “brightening” the “classrooms” in which I involve myself (usually my community spaces).
And, I still do those damn todo lists; hell, why fix something that isn’t broken.
To infinity & community,