Lesson 1: you don’t know everything. Almost a year ago, I convinced one of my closest friends, Drew Reggie, to quit his job and join me on my entrepreneurship crusade. I had left my job in advertising just a few months prior and was making a comfortable living as a freelance writer.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, good judgement comes from experience, but experience comes from bad judgment. Mistakes enable growth. Setbacks are a given, but that you will handle them well is not.
Have you seen any of these gimmicky office designs? Candy dispensers in conference rooms. Hammocks and indoor treehouses. Tech companies tend to be the worst offenders with the startup favorites: beer taps and table tennis.
And, equally important, what they didn’t.
Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. I adore it when I read fine articles that tell me all great CEOs get up at 5 a.m., eat two boiled eggs, swim butterfly better than breast stroke, and sleep only three hours a night.
I was at a breakfast meeting the other day. Four people around a small table on the outdoor deck of a nice hotel, right on the beach, one of the women brought two boxes of avocado toast from the café. “For us to share,” she said.