HERE’S MY STORY
AND SOME OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF
Hi, my name is Taylor.
I am 25, male, married to my amazing wife Hailey, and I am currently on an incredible adventure launching my second business in southern California. I like to joke and call myself an entrepreneur, though I feel like I am still in the process of earning that title.
My first business was definitely not a success (read about it here). However, from that failure and some sort of crazy miracle, I was given the opportunity to dive into the extraordinary world of tech.
I don’t use that word lightly — miracle — but for the first time in my life, I feel like I have found exactly where I am suppose to be. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing it is, to feel like I am doing what I was meant to do.
The tech & startup world is just fantastic. It is always awake, always changing, and continues to surprise me on a daily basis. The companies, the people, the products, the community, the content…I am addicted to virtually all of it. More over, I have never been more inspired to learn, to grow, to build something, and to succeed.
As it is Friday, I thought I would give myself some time on Medium, and write whatever came to mind. I told myself I would publish whatever was written, and could not leave the office until doing so.
“Type your story…”, followed by a blinking cursor just stared at me for what felt like forever. I just wanted to write. Something simple, not life changing.
But I couldn’t find my words.
You see in the off hours, I spend a lot of time consuming online content…probably too much time. I live endlessly inspired by the words of Jason Calacanis, Gary Vaynerchuk, Simon Sinek, and many other inspiring leaders. Every piece of content published (or even referenced) by these guys is not just quality, but incredibly helpful.
However, when you spend as much time as I do absorbing pages, and tweets, and posts, and videos, and comments, it can be easy to loose your own voice. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. To be honest, it is a huge luxury being able to reference these individuals when discussing growth strategy, burn rates, or valuation caps.
But when it came time to write something of my own, I kept trying to mirror the posts of these online mentors. I wanted so badly to write just like they did, with unique perspective, and valuable insight all tied together in simple language. More over, if I did try to write like them I couldn’t shake the feeling that if they ever read my post that they would laugh histerically, and call it total crap.
And it may still be total crap!
Whatever its’ worth, I decided to forget about value and just get a little bit of my story out into the world, along with this brief tale of my writing struggles.
What I can say is that I have so much graditude for this moment in life. In my opinion, there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the tech world or to start a tech company. The community, the innovation, and the universal mantra to just keep going is incredibly inspiring, and I cannot wait to see this story unfold.