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Why I Travel

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I recently entered an essay contest to win the vacation of a lifetime. The subject was “I travel because…” This is why I travel. Life’s journey is comprised of moments, seamlessly interconnected between an identifiable start and eventual ending. On this journey, most of us remain relatively sedentary, accumulating tangible things, even though, as humans, we need not much to survive—food, water, shelter, and love. These things require space and, for the most part, cannot accompany us elsewhere. In contrast, traveling yields moments and experiences, which we materialize and store as memories. Memories take up no space and accompany us everywhere. Spread around our spinning sphere of water and land, are over seven billion people, scattered throughout roughly two hundred countries, speaking over six thousand different languages. I travel because during the forty-plus hours I work every week, I see roughly fifty faces in and around the same city, in the same state, speaking the same language, and after about…

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the middle finger

Give Your Coworkers The Bird

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I often flash the bird to a select few co-workers, but never out of spite. In fact, I have used my middle finger more times to promote friendship (or pick my nose) rather than incite someone with the four-letter f-word. Why? It’s fun and actually can break up the tension of a typical day (especially around the end of a Q). My thoughts on the “middle finger” The middle finger, or simply “finger,” would be just another digit for typing e, d, i, and k, if humans didn’t assign such a negative meaning to it. The same is true of several other gestures and words we (the human race) has so ignorantly aligned with hate and disrespectful mannerisms. The f-word, n-word, c-word, b-word, mf-word, etc. These hateful, derogatory, and downright f’d up words wouldn’t be as powerful (er, destructive) if we didn’t make them that way. So, in my never-ending pursuit of world peace, I propose we all f up what a…

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Why Experienced Entrepreneurs Don’t Want In On Your Idea

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If you hang around networking events long enough and engage enough entrepreneurs, you’ll eventually be approached by one willing to offer a piece of their “big idea” in exchange for your assistance. I’ve been put in this situation more than once and how I approach these situations has evolved over the years. In 2007, I was approached by a couple of co-workers who wanted me to come aboard and help them grow their startup. In exchange for this full-time position (with typical entrepreneurial ventures, a 40-hour work week would seem like a vacation) I would be paid $30,000 + a 3% stake in the company. I accepted the offer, but I was also not busy working on a startup of my own at the time, so dedicating 100+% of my mind and becoming passionate about a new project wasn’t out of the question. That first company grew exponentially, and within two years, we sold it to a much larger company. Since then, I have…

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Pivot or Persevere?

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I read (err, listen to) a lot of books. I never have before, but now it’s actually quite enjoyable. One, The Lean Startup, brings to light a methodology in which entrepreneurs must evaluate their business idea and determine whether to pivot or persevere. For the past thirty days, I have been doing exactly that… Asking myself whether to pivot or persevere. After months of minimal sleep, focus groups, and brainstorming, we’re making a pretty significant shift with Sht Lst (pronounced “shit list”). We are building the Sht Lst mobile application. Now, rather than having to load the web app on a mobile browser, users can simply tap the app, document, share and resolve complaints about anything! Development is underway and after it’s live, we will begin our marketing plans. I want to share my Sht Lst with the world!

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My Drive To Learn

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The majority of my free time (outside of my nine-to-five) is spent on Sht Lst, but when I’m not working on Sht Lst, eating, sleeping, planning my wedding, or working out, I am learning. A good friend of mine sent me a list of thirty audio books (he knows I don’t enjoy reading) to help me on my adventure to grow personally and professionally. Using the time between home, work, and the gym, I have been able to “read” (listen to) five books, and all have been extremely helpful in my pursuit of becoming a better entrepreneur. If there were anything I could ever wish for more of, it would be time, then knowledge. Two things I’m afraid many of us often waste. Now I cram as much knowledge into a car ride as humanly possible, In fact, there have been times I will sit in the parking lot at home, at work, and at the gym to squeeze in…

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An Entrepreneur’s Baby

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I have heard most entrepreneurs refer to their project as their “baby.” Appropriately, my recent project took just about nine months to deliver. Nine months of paperwork, patents, and programming (courtesy of a web development team I managed through Some Script) and I have successfully completed the beta version of my baby: Sht Lst (pronounced “shit list”) – and I have just begun. Simultaneously, I also applied for six trademarks, argued the use of two separate (but similar) company names, persuaded the great state of Texas to allow my legal business name to closely resemble that of what my lawyer refers to as a “fun, but vulgar term”, purchased seventy-three domains, and spent the most money I have ever spent on any one thing. I have never been happier in my life.

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Starting To Figure It Out

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Here are some truths I have learned over the last 31 years. Have any of your own? Feel free to share. Breakfast tastes better before bed. “Everything happens for a reason” is a stupid saying. Of course everything happens for a reason. Take advantage of every first chance – don’t wait for the next song. Live without expectations, or you may never experience anything worthwhile. Don’t bite your tongue when it comes to saying what you feel – honesty is a stronger character trait than conformity. Being liked by everyone means nothing if you’re not happy with yourself. Children ask why, adults suppress their curiosity. Don’t do that. Treat others how you want to be treated, but don’t put up with bullshit. Light, cheap beer doesn’t taste any better now than it did ten years ago. Drink better beer and make more meaningful toasts. Cheers.

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Two Things I Learned From Five-year-old Me

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My parents love sending me stuff from my past. Whether it’s trinkets, artwork, or awards, they occupy my mailbox, then my counter, then finally my recycle bin. (Sorry mom and dad if you thought I was saving that stuff.) Each package is prefaced with a heads-up email I receive roughly three days prior. Upon receipt, Lesley and I review the contents and celebrate my wondrous childhood. In other words, we smile and laugh at the thought of five-year-old me putting hard work and creativity into something resembling a dried poop smear on off-white construction paper. Not all of my art, or awards, are laughable, but all of them are well-received and remind me I’m just a human. I’m just a human and my successes (and inevitable failures) are relative. A poop-smear painting to thirty-one-year-old me may have seemed like a Picasso to my younger self. I also realized the now unaccredited grade schools I attended gave out a lot of…

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Disabling Google Voice on Sprint

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If you’re an early adopter AND a Sprint user, then you’re like me and may be among the pioneers to try enabling Google Voice on your Sprint mobile phone. Recently, I have had a plethora of missed inbound and un-connected outbound calls. I’m going to blame the mistake on Google Voice, considering they are not a wireless carrier. The calls are getting to Google, but Google isn’t getting the calls to me, and vice versa. Regardless, if you have Google Voice enabled on your Sprint mobile phone, you can’t just disable it and expect things to work just fine. There is one final step after disabling Google Voice. In order for your voicemail to actually work, and calls to go through, you have to turn off the forwarding from Sprint > Google Voice (read that as an equation, too). Dial *38 and hit send on your Sprint phone, after disabling Google Voice. You will hear several tones and the call…

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