First off, I would like to thank everyone who read and responded to my last column on Medium, How I got over a crappy 2016. Since that posting, I have recieved several responses via Facebook Messenger, text, and email from entrepreneurs and creatives from across the country. You guys not only thanked me for sharing my story, but you also provided insight into your own stores and paths. You shared their feelings of being alone, your fears of the future, and their uneasiness of being open about your situations with their peers.

For a lot of us, our path is a frustrating journey. We must balance our ambition with the realities of bills and expenses. We spend time questioning our life decisions and stressing over your future. If you’re like me, there is a constant internal battle between the “safe” route — working a 9 to 5 and making a decent living — or the risk, and everything that comes of it. …

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We all know that 2016 was a dumpster fire. I don’t need to rehash this. But for me, personally, 2016 was one of the biggest struggles of my life.

After two failed entrepreneurship ventures in 2014 and 2015, I started 2016 freelancing, underbidding for projects just so I can get an advance payment to make sure my rent was paid. …

DJ Khaled at Elliott Wilson’s #CRWN Event in New York City

Let me get this out of the way. I’m 35 years old. This puts meat the tail end of being a millennial (technically) but honestly I identify way more with Generation X than anything. Personally, I think Snapchat’s insistence on Selfies and Hipster-influenced culture is annoying. Kids don’t go to events for the experience anymore — they just go to prove to their friends that they were there. I’ll never understand that. If I had a lawn, I would tell these kids to get off it.

However, as someone who bills himself as a digital strategist, I have been diving deeper into the platform and I’m warming to it. Snapchat is the best social media network in 2016. With it’s context-aware filters and facial recognition technology, it has completely changed the way we interact in 2016. …


Winston “Stone” Ford

Digital producer and strategist. Entrepreneur consultant. Music nerd.

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