Life is short. Sing
Disclaimer: This is not another post that wants to light your fire. I’m not gonna sell you another “go live your dream” self-help book.
I’ve been listening to my share of all those startup / entrepeneur / sales podcasts.
And I had my share of books, mails and other content that you might have plowed through as well.
After I’ve become fed up with consuming and learning about how to do all the stuff that I’d want to do, I finally became ready to actually DO.
The evolving mindset
Less then two years ago my mindset finally turned upside down. I didn’t want to do any default office consulting job anymore.
I wanted to do something that actually might mean something.
And that resulted in taking a job out of consultancy into the (healthcare) startup environment.
It was the best career change ever. But 3 years ago I wouldn’t have been ready for it.
It took me many years to fully understand that consuming all that online startup related content ironically enough didn’t move me to where I am.
What all that content DID do, was making me understand more what entrepeneurship and startup life is all about.
My mindset started evolving. It was being molded into both a frameset and a toolset that helped me to do what I wanted to do.
The insights that all those known names in the industry gave me during the 40 minute podcasts, the 5 minute videos and the 600 page books prepped my mind to get around what it takes to dive in.
Mind shifting content
Consuming all content that made me confident about the fact that I’d love to be part of such an eco-system.
And It made me more confident than ever that what I have learned during the last 18 years of my life is exactly what would benefit a startup.
I’ve been fiddling in Photoshop for years, building websites, making music, working on 3d plans, integrating networks at small companies as a side job, and I did many more things on my laptop.
I loved creating, but somehow I never knew what I’d want to create.
If I’d only known then that all those things were adding up to my toolset, making me more diverse and getting a grasp on a diverse set of skills.
Not being an expert in all those skills made me insecure about them. I sometimes even felt like a fraud.
In hindsight, I find it weird that I didn’t see how the diversity was forming me into a better tool. At least, for the ambitions I have in life.
I am not a [put job here], I create
I was always looking for ways to create stuff. Make something that would be used and loved by others.
But I never felt good enough, I was always perfecting whatever I was working on. This resulted in a lot of ideas not seeing the light of day.
Often, I was trying to get confirmation about what I was doing. To find out something cool or that actually made sense and I did so by asking people around me. A confirmation that rarely actually came.
The talk didn’t lead to the walk
The drive to perfection and my insecurity were what resulted in me never cutting cords and going down a path of more risk.
A path which also entailed a bigger chance to a more fulfilling life with new stuff to learn and cool things to experience.
Now I understand
What I’ve learned to understand is that I love creating things. And that I love to do whatever it takes to create.
So knowing a lot about many things actually can be put to good use. Because working in an entrepreneurial environment like a startup takes just that: being able to do more than one thing good enough to get it going.
Doing what you love
I love the ambiance, the chances to learn and the possibility to create products and services that are wanted and needed in this world. I’m less then a year in, and loving the many aspects that my job brings me.
I recently discovered Ari Krasner’s latest music video, his take on I Fall Apart / White Iverson by Post Malone.
I gave me so much energy that I dove into the man behind the music.
How cool was it to learn that Ari is a seasoned startup entrepreneur, as Co-Founder of Givebutter. And that he likes to make great music.
I can only conclude that he also found out what his passions are. And that he is bold enough to start persuing them.
That’s why I dig his words end I will end this post with the same words that opened it:
Life is short. Sing