I’ve been paring things back and removing a ton of wonderful distractions lately as I double-down and focus on the growing needs of my startup (I mentioned this yesterday).
I say “wonderful” because they were, in fact, wonderful distractions that helped fuel a lot of creativity and even revenue.
For instance, I closed down a massively successful blogging project that I had been working on for the past 3 years last week. The first post was published just over 3 years ago:
In that time we published a ton of content… nearly 13,000 posts to be exact:
I say “we” because my 11-year old and I had partnered on this project and it was revenue generating and allowed her to learn a host of skills – content and revenue generation, business building, and the fundamentals of work, which is nothing more than showing up and grinding, day after day after day after day.
In a retrospective that I had with her I asked her what she thought about the project, as a whole, and her participation and her work. She said:
It was good to make money but it was boring having to do the same thing over and over and over again.
I’m glad she’s learning this truth earlier in life than later.
Although this particular project is gone I’m brainstorming with her on another project that she and I can work on that can connect a few other “dots” for her as she grows into a young professional. My hope is to involve her more deeply into blockchain and the technologies surrounding that growing industry… it shouldn’t be hard to find something suitable.
Throwing away a decent revenue generating project so that I can focus and so that she can accelerate her growth in other areas is perfectly acceptable in my book. I consider this part of her education in hacking school.