Scraping Off The Barnacles

With the recent arrival of my son, my life has been quite a whirlwind. I almost feel as if a fog has been surrounding me not only for the last 7 weeks but the additional 9 months leading to his birth date. Don’t get me wrong. I love this new normal. Yet, I feel like I need to press a giant reset button – for myself, my business, my goals, etc. I guess this desire is a giant testament of just how much Stone has really changed my life – all for the positive.

It’s time to remove the barnacles. The past is the past. My failures and even successes leading up to this point don’t matter anymore.

What matters is today.

I’m ready to begin.

A Letter to My Son

IMG_6600Dear Stone,

You entered our life on March 5th at 4:50am during the middle of a blizzard here in Nashville. Your arrival was unexpected (16 days early) yet gratefully welcomed. Your Mom and I are super in love and so proud to be your parents. You continue to take our breath away, and you have changed our lens about life and family forever. We love you so much!

As you grow up, life is going to beat you up and kick you when you are down. It owes you nothing. Remember that always. All I ask is that you continue to get back up. Again. Again. Again. And again. Never quit.

Not only do I not want you to quit, but I want you to:

Fight for what is right.

Trust your gut.

Aim for consistency.

Pick your battles.

Make smart choices everyday.

Take the high road.

Go the extra mile.

Be kind.

Be humble.

Do what is right.

Eat your greens.

Respect your elders.

Read.

Don’t get comfortable.

Dream.

Don’t let others determine your self-worth.

Do what you love.

Don’t chase money.

Stay away from debt.

Find a wife you adore and who will make you a better person.

Exercise.

Get a dog.

Don’t be afraid to hire people smarter than you.

Maximize your strengths.

Remember that life rewards the dogged.

Know that grit always beats IQ.

Always be curious.

You have one fun, crazy, exciting, challenging, and deeply rewarding journey ahead of you. Welcome to the world! We can’t wait to show you around.

Love,

Your Dad

Where No Progress is Made

My desk. I hate it. More specifically, I hate my office. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything my office represents. The building contains my team. My office is nicely decorated. I have lovely artwork, a comfortable chair, a nice big monitor, and plenty more. I still hate it.

Why?

I never figured it out until this morning. When I started my company back in 2006, I lived in coffee shops and I got a lot of crap done. I mean… a lot. I was a beast. However, over the last few years as I have increasingly become more of a manager (sitting at a desk), my productivity has stalled and the business seems like it is stagnant.

I’m not creating.

I’m not dreaming.

I’m not feeling like myself.

Therefore, I decided to pick up my bags and leave today. I’m writing this post at a coffee shop right and it feels good – really good. I’m actually getting crap done rather than just pushing paper.

Going for the Moon

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On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced is has ambitious goal of putting man on the moon before the decade concluded. It was bold, and it was ambitious. And, he did it.

I feel like for the last 2 years, I have been drifting without a moon goal in relation to my career. Don’t get me wrong, we are doing some really great things at Ethos3, but I feel like I am personally stagnant. I need to dream bigger and bolder. I want to do something great – I just don’t know what it is yet.