Archive | January 2011

Lessons Learned in 06 – Life Putting

1.Do what feels good… I think it’s too easy to complicate life with rules we always think we need to follow. Who made all these rules anyway? How many crazy rules do you have for yourself? In 06 I saw more and more the benefits of filling your days with moments of joy. As difficult as that sounds (and as horrible as it sounds that living with joy is something that can be difficult and require work), it truly is the way to living a fulfilled life. Instead of trying to figure out what’s right, what you’re supposed to do (supposedly), go with your gut, go with what feels best to you truly and I promise you that the results will amaze you. I’m only starting to understand this, but I can see the profound impact it can have on life.

quoting myself…lame, I know, but a good lesson from the past for the present.

Corner Office – At AdMob, a C.E.O. With a Portable Desk – Interview –

Q. What’s your best career advice?

A. Don’t be afraid. What I mean by that is lots and lots of decisions are made by fear and they’re made by people who think they have more to lose than they actually have to lose.

When you’re just graduating from college, there are so many people who want to start something. They’re worried if I do this I can’t get a job, how will I live, this and that. They have very little at that point that is really going to be risked for them to sort of make a bold try.

I mean, ultimately, if it doesn’t work out, if they were employable in the first place, they’ll still be employable afterward, and they’ll be able to do something. They aren’t going to live in a cardboard box in the street.

I think business school students are comical in this area. If you go to business school or probably law school or any professional school with these highly motivated people, they are stressed out of their minds. Like, they’re going to be homeless if they don’t get an internship in the summer.

You’re going to be O.K. But everybody just has a very hard time calculating the actual risk. People just greatly miscalculate risk, in my opinion. They are too afraid of things.

Felt like this was a good quote for the day. I find that despite spending a decent amount of time noticing my own fears and trying to work through them, I think that I still tend to largely act out of fear. My goal isn’t to get rid of the fear, it is to step into it more…you can’t be courageous without a fear to face.

A VC: When They Are Throwing Money At You

Focus on your business, your product, your team. You need money to build a business but the money is a tool, the business is the mission. Focus on the mission.