Something Undertaken

Hello everyone. Happy 2014!

I have a big announcement to make.

I’ve thought long and hard about what I want in life. Like everyone, I want a certain kind of life. For me, that’s making significant impacts on my industry, living without fear of what the future may bring to my finances, and continuing generosity to others with what I have, especially to give others the tools to find happiness.

I don’t like learning in an institution. It’s never really been my forte. I took an online class recently, and the experience wasn’t what I was hoping it would be; the textbook was the instructor and it didn’t manage to keep me engaged. I still learned a few things: first, that I don’t like institutional learning. Second, I’ve many more relevant skills than I thought I did before taking the class. Finally, I really don’t want to go to university.

My industry is growing out of wanting a piece of paper to prove skill. I can teach myself a computer language in a few months. I could write good programs in that language in around a year. Formal education is becoming a formality—and as an entrepreneur, who would I show a degree to? I believe a good plan, a great leader, and an amazing team would trump any degree when talking with investors or creditors, because it certainly would with me.

I’m tossing a few ideas around in my head. My internal monologue is occasionally interrupted by a shriek of terror or frustration at the thought of being a stereotypical 20-something and of failing at a career as an entrepreneur.

If I had to choose an option—and really, I do—I would rather fail while trying to live how I want than resign to living something I know I don’t want at all.

When I see others who have a life similar to the one I want, they arrived at it through building their own business. What I need out of my life is something I believe I can meet through entrepreneurship.

Thus, I have an announcement: I’m starting a company. It will likely be a while before you hear anything about it, but I’m going to do my best to make sure you’re just as excited as I am when you do.

(Time for a wordnik moment! The words ‘entrepreneur’ and ‘enterprise’ are very similar words, in form and function. Both entered the English lexicon in Middle English (1150–1470 CE) from Old French. They share the root entreprendre, which in the case of ‘enterprise’ means ‘something undertaken’.)

Working Wear

Wood from a grain elevator’s spout. The grain had singlehandedly eroded the wood down from decades of processing.