Category Archives: Peeks

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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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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The Next Big Thing

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Anyone can come up with an idea. Fast food for lunch is an idea. I’m talking about a great idea – one worthy of you spending the majority of your time perfecting, polishing, planning, and eventually executing. Every thing started with an idea. And, yes, I separated every and thing intentionally. Maybe the idea was accidental and stumbled upon. Perhaps your idea came to you two twelve-ounce bottles into a six-pack looking ahead into a summer weekend. Mine did, and probably ruined my weekend in the sense that I did not spend it outside enjoying the weather. I spent mine indoors, on my computer, reading – an activity I rarely do. Seventy-two hours later, it had a name, and even that wasn’t the important part. The meat and potatoes – the architecture – had not been defined. I still needed to determine what exactly my idea was, how it would work, and who would use it. Moreover, why would people…

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Rewriting What Lies Ahead

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I have neglected my blog for a long time, but tonight I had a revelation. I am going to document my journey of developing my second entrepreneurial venture. My first entrepreneurial adventure was a valuable learning experience and landed me in where I am today – in Austin. Who knows where this one will lead me. I’m starting it from scratch and these blog posts are a teaser version of what I am documenting in the book. I’m a entrepreneur, not an idiot. If my idea doesn’t work, I need something to keep me sane. I love to write. Maybe I can sell the book to offset the enormous financial risk involved in what lies ahead. Stay tuned.

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Putting The Pieces Together Before Falling Apart

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After just three hours of attempting a 1,000-piece puzzle, my fiancé and I decided to toss in the towel. In that short amount of time, we realized two very important things: The minimal amount of color variance in the Planet Earth puzzle featuring a polar bear and its cub in the snow can drive a person insane. My systematic approach to solving the puzzle did not fit with her text-message-my-sister-or-plan-our-wedding-or-watch-TV approach. Before the pieces came together, our relationship (and sanity) would have been compromised. As she Googled “Galapagos Islands weddings,” I built the border – unsuccessfully. There were at least twelve floating pieces that could fit in more than one location without enough evidence to justify any particular spot. However, the experience did yield a creative punishment for our planned children: thirty minutes of silent puzzle time. The puzzle is yet TBD, but will likely be just as difficult.

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Why I Avoid The News

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On the way to dinner last evening, my girlfriend began reading the local news that took place over the past few days. Three alcohol-related car accidents, which resulted in two deaths; a sexual assault; and an argument at a night club that ended in gunfire, injuring five and killing three others. The driver in the fatal head-on collision fled the scene – leaving their passenger in critical condition and the female driver of the other car dead. Both driver and passenger fled the scene in another accident after rolling their car, but the passenger was later caught. Five people’s lives are over, a woman will likely have permanent physical and psychological damage, and two cowards have yet to be brought to justice. This local news could have happened anywhere in the US, and likely did – in some cases to even more of an extreme. I like believing there are good people in the world, and there are; unfortunately, the…

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Should You Show Your Sympathy

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I believe in taking care of oneself. Granted, there are times I want to be the small spoon and have soup made for me, but for the most part, I try to be self-sustaining. Along those same lines, I tend to keep those around me at a distance. It’s safer that way, but I’m slowly learning I need to open up more. When I see people in need, which is technically subjective, because they may, or may not, actually be in need, I sometimes lend a hand. Other times, just having empathy for the person is more appropriate – especially if the person interprets assistance as pity and finds it disrespectful, or off-putting. In situations I have no control over (again subjective, because one could argue that every situation can be influenced), empathy always wins. On the other hand, in situations I can directly impact, I let my actions do work (guided by sympathy). When I talk about sympathy in…

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Mo-Status

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Today is the first day I have ever felt it necessary to shampoo my face. Why? I’m participating in Movember to support the awareness of men’s health issues, namely cancers, and doing so requires I avoid shaving for the entire month of November. A big thanks to my family and friends who have helped me raise $125 so far. I still have over two weeks of fundraising, and shampooing my chin and cheeks, before I can shed the ‘stache. And, speaking of…remember this guy? Stay tuned for another status update on my mo’.

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