“Consumers care less about your brand than having their needs met” – TRUTH.
My doggy turned nine yesterday. Two things to note:
1. Wow nine years is a long time. I got him after a tumultuous period in my life. This is pre- name change. Pre- Examine.com. Pre- becoming a hottie. It’s crazy how time flies AND how much can change.
2. At the park two days ago, he ran to say hello to a dog, and the lady on her blanket asked “aww how old is your puppy?”
It’s amazing how a sense of wonderment, enjoying life, and getting enough sleep keeps ya young.
One person has a business which installs digital displays into residential elevators.
Another spent over a year at senior homes to help develop their product.
Another co-founded a YouTube channel featuring lavish cakes and boast over 3.5 million followers.
Another co-founded the amazingness that is the DMZ (and was the creative director at the Sydney Olympics to boot).
Another has been trumpeting blockchain for over six years now (talk about being RIGHT).
There’s nothing better than breaking bread with friends. I am thankful to count intelligent, giving, and incredibly diverse entrepreneurs as my very friends.
Bring humans together. You only win when you do.
Learned something pretty interesting yesterday…
My lady’s been facilitating some workshops (that will become an exhibition) with some under-resourced youths. Most of them have had a seriously rough upbringing.
A significant component of the exercise is to look into the future – what you think will happen, what you want to happen, how it will happen, etc. Both on a personal level and bigger picture.
Imagine yourself being asked that when 16. You may think of a fancy car or a shiny house or going to Mars.
Unfortunately, the bitter reality is that most of them cannot project in such a manner. They have too many pressing issues to have the “luxury” of looking into (a better) future.
I say this as it leads back to my complete disdain for the rags-to-riches malarkey or the asinine “if you work hard you can do it” trope.
To not factor in your environment and what it affords you and to think you alone “made it” height of narcissistic self-delusions coupled with an utter lack of self-awareness.
You never built it alone.
Lately I’ve been working hard to understand why something irritates me, and then attempting to logically convince myself I don’t need to be irritated.
So far I’ve learned that I get irritated a lot.