Once Its Gone

Another typical rant-escapade by DHH that still manages to lend a perspective that’s worth hearing about. Being on many different sides of the job spectrum, I know what it’s like being in a startup context where you don’t feel like you’re in control and I also know what it’s like running a boutique software company that’s self-sustaining and self-funded.

But this one line got me pretty good:

Independence isn’t missed until it’s gone. And when it’s gone, in the sense of having money masters dictate YOUR INCREDIBLE JOURNEY, it’s gone in the vast majority of cases.

The importance of independence, for me, has been on my mind lately as I’ve had to reconsider exactly what I’d like to do with my time.

I’m taking his quote out of context, to be honest, as he’s talking specifically about the “money masters” of venture capitalists, but not all “masters” are related to money.

Sometimes these so-called “masters” can be as simple as your work schedule, or your direct report (i.e. manager) or even the collective leadership at an organization that means well but that hasn’t really figured it out quite yet on how to build a healthy organizational culture.

And the moment you realize that you may have compromised on the things that matter the most it can really sting and cut deep.

And, like most of us, I continue to have to learn things the hard way and being put in spots that give me an opportunity to once again recalibrate the fundamentals of what it means to spend one’s most precious asset in the best of ways.

Time is short, we should all continue to spend it very, very wisely.