I guess it depends whether it’s a Mischief of mice or a crash of Rhinos, isn’t the elephant always king? They say the Lion is the king of the jungle, but aren’t we missing something here? Together lions may be able to take down an elephant, but solo, the elephant wins, every time. Why? Well, first off, he’s fucking huge. Secondly, he’s thick skinned, and thidly, well, he’s an elephant. But all of this doesn’t mean he is invincible. Invincibility is a strange concept. When we are young, we often thing of ourselves as invincible, something that no one can touch. However, how far from reality can we go? If that magical creature I call an elephant can be defeated, then there is no doubt that the same fate lies….for all of us. Not because we all end in the same place, but rather because we all have a weakness. That weakness, if not perfectly controlled in a temperature monitored room, will be that one thing. We all know what that one thing is…It is nothing that can really e expressed through a conversation, but rather through action. But, then again, isn’t anything real expressed through action.
Sipping tequila from a bottle ain’t never easy, but sometimes you just have to sack up and play the game. It is never easy to do things that seem trivial or inadequate, but the fact remains that there is no easy way to turn an opportunity down.
When we are young, and im talking, young here, under 25, we can drink all night, work all day and do it all over again. But, as you get older, things tend to change. It is not the environment that is changing, it is you. It’s not a bad thing. We all must change to evolve, right? Evolution, afterall, is change. It is not at all that we get more boring, or we get me in tune with our schedules, it is simply that we value different things.
What is it that we value more at this point? Is it our bank accounts? Our freedom? What makes us turn from little party hamsters who can spin a wheel for hours on end to being content just enjoying a great night in with a bottle of wine (in my case, and in yours…don’t lie) and our Netflix or writing, or whatever else that inspires you. It has been a strange transformation for me, a transformation that I am beginning to understand and come to terms with. I am always in a battle between “I need to get my shit together, and life is short, fuck it.” However, what I have found is that you need to find a balance of both…..and believe me, that shit ain’t easy. Life is so much fun, and there is so much to experience, but we also have to make a name for ourselves, and no one ever wants to be, “You were the best in the hot tub last night”.
In any case, there comes a time in our lives when shit just starts to flow. You don’t exatly know why or how, but it does. You start to see things in a different way, as in, Im not going to do that tonight, because I have a boatload of stuff to do tomorrow, etc. This doesn’t make you boring, it makes you interesting. Why? Because you have something else going on in your life that matters and that makes a difference. I know we all love Veuve on a Tuesday, but sometimes, that thing, that shit, that makes you feel powerful, you know, your job, stops you from all of that. I’m not saying throw away any of your vices, im just saying, start to control them. Don’t let them guide you, but you guide them, just as everything else in your life right now.
Let’s be honest, partying is a hell of a lot of fun, and we have all been there and done that, however, don’t you think its time to choose there and that? The best part about getting older is that we have the power/will power to select when we want to get crazy and, well, frankly, when we just cant. Granted, it takes some control, but we all have that in us, it all comes down to what you want in the long run…
‘Poof’ here comes another social network. ‘Wahpow’ another startup earns millions in funding. It never seems to stop. We seem to be in a whirlwind of tech startups. I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, ‘when you’re hot, you’re hot,” right? Well, in the tech world one minute you can be on top, and the next sitting in the outfield, if even on the field. That’s just how it goes. Its a risk, but a hell of a lot of fun.
The tech world, in my opinion, which I’m sure doesn’t mean a whole lot to you at this point, is one of the most exciting, yet one of the most aggravating industries around. But, here I am, living it day-by-day, trying to get our startup’s name in lights, or at least on the lips of some Silicon Valley big wigs. If that sounds familiar, you know it’s no walk in the park.
While some enjoy the luxuries of their protected offices filled with food and cubicles, we don’t have time to relax, let alone grab a sandwich. We live with a certain intensity that keeps us on at all times. I am not saying its good to be on all the time, yet somehow…we are. At a startup or small business, there is not a day that goes by where we do not take risks. That is what keeps us going. It keeps us alive. Risk taking means that you are not totally secure, and I do not think that security ever really comes with being an entrepreneur, and honestly, deep down I don’t think we ever want to feel total security in our endeavors. There is a rush that is associated with entrepreneurship, an addictive rush.
I do not know about you, but I live everyday with the ambition to succeed, and become ‘it’, that next great idea.
It’s funny that what I fear most, the ‘comfort zone,’ or total security, is a place that so many strive to achieve. For me, the excitement is that over arching feeling of ‘whats next?’ constantly looming over me. Sometimes whatever does come next is not always prime, but when that ‘what’s next’ is a mass explosion of success, it feels pretty damn delightful.
Im young, and Im pretty confident, but I am also scared shitless. Two years ago I had the security, and a lot of it. Today, I am happy to risk security for something bigger, a greater reward.