In part two of “my struggle”, I recount my past from post-college on, including my life in Boston, my jobs at companies like AT Kearny, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and others, the formation of my company, my TASM Lab music albums, my band the Hudson Debacle, my marriage, my kids and more. Along the way I explain what life lesson I learned through my various endeavors and share some music that I wrote and performed.
Listed below is my outline for the podcast. No need to read, just for search bots:
How to be myself
Not just history, but what I learned
On moving: it’s not that hard, if you want to be somewhere different to do different things, you have to do it.
PTR and volunteering for anything, being excellent.
AT Kearney and changing how they worked.
Lesson: play up to their level, invite your self into the adult conversation
Thing and nothing
- What I learned: I could write anything. Working hard on the product is not enough
Don’t forget ole computy
Out of the blue
- What I learned – do something different if you want something different to happen.
Jen and the toilet paper
- The polo scene
Chris and Xavi
- Business boot camp extreme
- Bear creek
- – The dump
- – Scott’s plane ride
- – Suicide
- – The 25 hour day
- – Proposing to Jen over the phone
- What I learned: how to talk to anybody and be considered worthy of the room
- I also learned that I didn’t want to work hard.
The essential cubicle nosepicker
What I learned: Simple can work
- The interview
- The destruction
- The 500MM RFP
- My summer with Ayn Rand and Reason
- 9/11 and getting laid off
- Building a product and seeing it taken from me
- Going home
- Staying home
Also did a couple projects with Derek Sivers
The Hudson Debacle
What I learned: Absolutely nothing
The decision to go on my own and to build businesses.
- Learning: you have to do something different
- Learning: do what I’m good at.
Also picked up golf
- What I learned: if you don’t give something your attention, it will fail.
- Same with Leapthought, being a landlord, GleeCD
Lose some weight
Let’s have a baby!
Let’s buy a house!
An Adulty Adipisci
Let’s hire an employee!
- The good and the bad
- What I learned: good employees can change your life, bad ones are easy to spot, mediochre ones are like a slow boring death
Let’s have another baby!
Meet Ron Paul
The Brambles of Hell
Let’s hire some more employees
Let’s have another baby!
A new focus: personal liberty
The snow sucks
Two years ago
The biggest lesson: if you want to do something different than the average, you have to do something different. Being good at the same path everyone else is taking is being average.
My goals for the future.
Listened to both episodes. Just wanted to drop a line and say that I enjoyed getting the full perspective and how you came to your views. I find those things fascinating about people. I was a little disappointed that you never told the story about how your kids thought Ron Paul was your Dad! Bummer. Unless I missed it?
Anyway, I have enjoyed the podcast so far, and look forward to more blog posts, and reading through those already on here. Keep up the great work! I really enjoy your calm, rational, and direct approach to these topics. No bullshit. No sensationalism. No pushing. You just put it out there. It’s great.
Thanks Shawn! I did remember about forgetting to tell the Ron Paul/dad story, but only after sealing up the podcast. I do catch up with the (fairly uninteresting) story in episode 21.
Ha! I just listened to that last night. When you told the story I was like, “I wonder if my post stimulated that!” Haha! Thanks for writing back and putting that in. Great content as always.
Geez, that’s unellievabeb. Kudos and such.