It is okay, you should say it, “I know there is more that I can be doing with this life.”
It is okay. We’ve all been there.
And you know what else is okay? Finding a place to ask the questions that come next and taking some time to explore all the possibilities for the adventure that awaits.
From asking the right questions, to thinking through the possibilities, to getting started on building the life and work that you’re thrilled to be working towards, Exosphere’s Spring Bootcamp might just be what the doctor ordered.
Starting in March and lasting for 12 weeks, this Bootcamp is a chance to take a step towards a much brighter future and much bigger story. We’ve had a couple of last minute spots open up and, if you identify at all with the questions above, maybe you should take a look at what we’re up to and apply to learn more.
If you have any questions, I’d love to help point you in the right direction. Just email me or leave a comment below.Tweet
With a title like that, there is a chance you think this blog post is coming from BuzzFeed, UpWorthy, or any other number of countless sites touted as the “future of content” that day after day insult your intelligence with their link-bait headlines. In their efforts to drive site traffic, they’ve also driven the meaning right out of words that shouldn’t be reserved for ad campaigns or content they’re hoping goes viral.
In driving meaning from these words, they’ve let me searching for the right way to express exactly how I feel about my Valentine. I want to use words that used to have meaning but now sound sensationalized. I want to use words that are as true and grandiose as they sound but have most recently been left to hashtags and flippant conversation.
I want to say that Annie is The Greatest Thing That Has Ever Happened To Me because it is actually true. Who I am today and the life that we’ve built together over these past eleven years is only possible because of how big she dreams and how big she loves.
I want to say Annie is The Love of My Life and that I Can’t Imagine Loving Anyone More because it is actually how I feel. Whether we are together for a wonderful evening at River Cafe or we’re apart while traveling, there is nothing I think about and obsess about more than her. My mind is consumed with Annie and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I want to say that Annie is Simply The Best because it is as accurate a statement as can be made. In every area of her life, she is more giving, more determined, more fun, and more beautiful than anyone I’ve ever met or will ever know. She is a daily testament to what can happen when you know what you want out of life and you fight and work to continue to make it your own.
I want to say that You Won’t Believe What Happens Next…. Well, that is probably going to be true.
This is the first Valentine’s Day since we got married, since we said forever and told the world. And I know it today, as much as any day before; I always have been, and always will be, The Lucky One. Tweet
This week alone, three different people have told me “the industry we’re trying to disrupt is the last frontier for innovation.” And then, after hearing more about their company, idea, and solution, I end up feeling bad for the reputation that it appears the word “innovation” has developed. Just because you replicated an offline process online doesn’t mean you innovated, it just means we’re evolving.
“Technology eating the world” is turning out to be really boring. There are incredibly smart and savvy entrepreneurs working on incredibly boring and, when considered in the context of the world as a whole, meaningless ideas.
They’re working on vitamins instead of pain killers.
They’re working on nice-to-haves that make things a little bit better.
They’re not working on the must-haves that changes the entire trajectory of a situation.
People will forget to take their vitamins. But, when suffering, people will always look for a way to kill that pain.Tweet
Last night, after an incredible football game between two conference rivals, a winner was crowned. The most important play of the game happened within the final minute. Emotions were running incredibly high. The player responsible for causing 70,000 fans to erupt into euphoria and send his team to the Super Bowl was given a microphone less than three minutes after he made the biggest play of his career. He went on to explain that he was the best and that his rival shouldn’t have tested him with it all on the line. And, while it was a little closer to center ring WWE than a Tom Brady post game interview, this excited athlete didn’t curse or slur anyone, just threw down some good ol’ fashion trash talking.
And then the internet blew up.
And, a solid 12 hours later is still blowing up.
In 2007 I participated in an amateur boxing match sponsored by the local sports radio station and went three rounds against my roommate. It came down to the final 10 seconds of the third round and I landed one final blow just as the bell rang. It was enough to tip the scales in my favor and be awarded the victory. Before I could even catch my breath, I was live on the airwaves and gave the worst interview in the history of sports radio. I was amped up from the win but also completely out of breath. I have the audio and sometimes listen to it before I give speeches to remind myself no matter what happens, it won’t be that bad.
I am in no way comparing my amateur fight night interview to the pinnacle of a professional athlete’s career post game interview, but, there is something about the endorphins that are coursing through a competitors body that just might take their enthusiasm to a level that makes others uncomfortable. Mine to the point of uncomfortable for lack of breath and mumbling. Richard Sherman to the point of uncomfortable that his intensity in that interview was so much more raw than any level of competitiveness you’ve ever dreamed operating at.
When you say “Richard Sherman’s interview makes me cheer for the Broncos in the Super Bowl” I see you saying “I don’t like my team being that competitive.”
When you say “Richard Sherman just said he is the best, what a douche bag.” I see you saying “I’ve never thought about believing in myself that much.”
When you say “Richard Sherman shouldn’t claim being a Stanford Communications grad, that’s embarrassing.” I see you saying, “Has he ever even raised a seed round?”
When you say “Richard Sherman is a thug.” I see you saying ”I thought I was watching Tennis.”Tweet