Nobody sprints 100 miles… not even the overachievers

Ouray, Colorado

We’re all capable of doing amazing things, if we can just get out of our own heads.

Two weeks ago, our EVP Jason Lippman did a truly insane thing and ran the Hardrock 100, which is kind of like the ultramarathon for people who think running 100 miles is easy and fun. (Here’s the backstory.) This is where Jason would say there’s nothing special about this, as though knocking out an ultramarathon a year is just another thing he does after he picks up his laundry and helps one of his kids with their homework.

But he’s right about one thing: Everyone wants to achieve big goals. Make a lot of money, have a great relationship, run 100 miles over 9 mountain peaks, get the laundry door fixed — whatever it is to you, I can guarantee you don’t get to jump from A to Z. Everyone has to put one foot in front of the other. Here’s my full recap of Jason’s journey — and why it matters for the work we do here at Far West Capital.


How we’re evolving…

Lubbock, Texas

Growing up in West Texas, in Lubbock, in the 80s, you couldn’t rely on a Yelp review to sell your business. It was much simpler (and still is): Your word is your bond in Lubbock. Now, we’ve got 44 employees in 7 cities, and we all have to be patient with the process as we translate it to a ton of clients on an increasing number of platforms. Really, though, it all boils down to this: How you do one thing is the way you do all things.


July’s reading list…

Remember how we wrote about Amy, the “robot in your inbox” that schedules meetings for you? Well, now there are Amys for banking. Let’s talk about the ethical and practical implications of chatbots — and how they might impact our human relationships.

Accepting failure is one of the hardest things we entrepreneurs have to do. It’s just not how we’re wired. Austin entrepreneur Gina Helfrich — by her own account, an “achievement junkie” — wrote this beautiful piece when the startup (recruitHER) she co-founded here in Austin shut down. If this is something you struggle with, read it — you’ll thank me later.

For your nightstand:I’ve been thinking a lot this month about ego. Fellow Austin native Ryan Holiday reminded me in “Ego is the Enemy” that “real accomplishment comes from a process of accumulation.” Buy it here. Not a reader? I recommend this interview…


About that Superman costume…

2016 Best Places to Work Luncheon

C’mon — the theme wasn’t MY idea.

To our distinct honor, Austin Business Journal named us as one of their Best Places to Work in 2016. Here’s the criteria: 95 percent of employees needed to respond to an anonymous, independent survey that ranked companies in four distinct categories….

  • Compensation and benefits
  • Leadership and management
  • Workplace environment
  • Growth and development

What do all those things have in common?

People.

The kind of people who’ll put on superhero costumes with you in the middle of the day.

The kind of people who’ll call back every account receivable you have, for you.

The kind of people who will always go the extra mile, who go the extra mile so much that they have to add an extra mile onto the extra mile to feel satisfied.

I just try to be worthy of those people, as a CEO and a colleague.


If you read this far, thanks, y’all. I’m trying this format out. Would you rather read this here or in your email? Anything you particularly liked?

Next month, we’ll be talking about work-life balance. What has been the most critical part of yours? Bonus points if you’re on vacation right now.

And if you’re unlucky enough to be stuck in the office… Go take the next step.

Boom,

Cole

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