Long before any of this tech stuff, life was much simpler.
There wasn’t a lot of choice and certainly not as much stress about using so much stuff.
But then the internet came and took us by the neck and transformed the very meaning of life.
The catapult this century has seen in these 20 years alone trumps the growth witnessed by any before it, and we aren’t even a quarter way through. I won’t share any stats, just take my word for it.
Fine, don’t. Here!
Self awareness peaks when you’re closest to 40.
Like how thin the air is when you’re at the top of a mountain.
Everything is more intense, but oddly feelings are also numbed.
I think it’s because of the amount you have felt through the course of time.
Like sandpaper, you’re worn out but still always have some mileage left.
So, as you get older you understand more. But you also feel less.
Yes, I’m an entrepreneur and this is my second chapter. Two months ago today, I changed gears.
If you missed the first, read it here.
Ok, I’ve taken the plunge. So what?
Many others before me have, many others after me will. I’ve done nothing new or interesting, yet.
I took pride in the fact that this big move was going to be like a homecoming that never ends.
Reality is that you are your biggest cheerleader, because the fear of screwing up or 'not being as good at at as you thought' is suddenly very real.
‘You’ is ‘me’…
And they have absolutely nothing to do with this article. But since you’re here, let me tell you a story.
It’s about how I got to this point in my life, following those 3 things I almost (air quotes) broached in my title.
This article is about the beginning of the author's life as an entrepreneur, after a 15 year corporate career, learning from and for others.
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