These things

a followable story

To all aspiring entrepreneurs: I am way ahead of you.

Stay in school. Keep that job. And more importantly, save all your money so you can have a great retirement. Just stay out of my way…

I’ve recently turned 5 years old as an entrepreneur but I somehow feel that I’ve been one since grade school. While enduring one of the lowest points financially and toughest times of my entire life with my father passing, I’ve found that once you’ve had these experiences compound you start to break the ‘glossy’ cover and expose the beast within.

When we measure success, is it the numbers showing a higher output from left to right or is it the journey in which you learned how to increase those numbers. Transversely, the path to the depths of hell can earn the same measure of success but only if you paid attention and didn’t give up, and rose to the occasion. That is so important.

“It take 10 years to be an overnight success.” – Mark Cuban

Complacent recognition of mass culture and being lost in those things we love so much are just another thing keeping us away from our dreams. As I shed another exterior this year, I am beginning to realize that family and close friends don’t require money or rational understanding. We are linked for life and the art of forgiveness is a brittle bridge from one event to the next.

And we prevail together.

To all those entrepreneurs, please know that I’ve now been there. And like those who’ve earned trophies for climbing Everest, I am branded a tried and true explorer in the challenges of business and the future is far and wide. I reached my dream last year and it slipped from my grasp…and I plan on fighting harder and going further this time out. I know it can be done and I will find it again.

So stay in school, get your degree and go sit at a desk. It hurts less and everyone will continue to like you in the end. You’ll never have to rebuild, reinvent, reassert or continual seek motivation when your energy is depleted.

You’ll be ‘OK’.


…listening to ‘Foundation’ by Years & Years


About the Author

I am a husband to a beautiful wife named Whitney and Dad to a wonderful baby boy. Yay! :) Damien Augustus Shaffer has come into this world on March 15th 2010. In my professional life, I have accumulated over 4 years utilizing a wide range of technologies to develop software solutions for my current employer. Most of this time was spent learning methodical approaches within different environments to broaden my programming knowledge and project planning abilities. These environments include both open source and Windows based development, mainly Web. I also dabble in Social Media and it applications in today's culture and marketplace. I consider it a hobby but some may say its an obsession. ;) I enjoy it immensely.

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