This past Saturday, I spoke to my grandfather on the phone about how he could fix up one of his websites. Each time we talk, whether it’s by phone, email, or in person, these lines usually work their way into the conversation.
“Hey, you know what you should do? [insert seven or eight business ideas here].”
They’re always unrelated to the Web or to tech in general, so they’re not really up my alley. But the constantly turning gears always inspire me.
Decades ago, my grandfather started a lapping company called Lapco, which he later sold to a German company called Stahli. I just know that, if he had seven or eight more lives to live, he’d try to become successful in seven or eight other industries. An entrepreneurial streak runs through that side of my family, and I’m pretty certain I inherited it.
This, of course, has made working for another company quite the challenge.
A flaw of mine is that I feel the need to put my stamp on everything, so to speak. I’m certain I have driven my bosses mad by trying to change things that have been in place for years. But that’s just me. Even outside of work, I enjoy meddling in things that aren’t my specialty, but are still things I think I could positively impact in some way. You might say I’m unfocused. I disagree. At the end of the day, we each have one life to live, and doing just one thing really well seems like an unsatisfying way to live it in my eyes.
A legacy means nothing to a dead person. Money means nothing to a dead person. If you ask someone slipping away on their deathbed what they wish they had more of, the answer you’d probably get is “Time.” What I want is to adopt the perspective of someone who wishes they had done more while I’m still able to do more.
So, from here on out, that’s the plan.