A few days ago I posted a Bill Cosby quote that said “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it”. I thought, since I haven’t done a 6 list in a little while, that I would do one on starting something new which can be both exciting and invigorating but also challenging and a bit terrifying.
Some of you may have noticed that recently blog posts have been a little further apart than in the past. Well, there’s a reason… I’ve been working on a new idea, a company called Neighborsations. When day when cooking, I realized that the only neighbor I know (and can therefore feed often) is my downstairs neighbor… 1 out of probably 15 people in my building. I thought about that for a little while and tried to figure out why that was the case and finally, I stumbled upon the answer… he and I are both Michigan fans (Go Blue!) and we learned that one of the first times we met. Because we knew we had something in common, we had something to talk about and gradually became friends. Neighborsations exists to enable that to happen more often. The company connects neighbors based on common interests to enable more meaningful offline interactions. As most people working on new ideas (either inside or outside of an existing company) can tell you, the process is both exciting and terrifying. However, even when I have days where I’m not sure what to do next, the 6 things listed above still excite me about starting something new. Please sign up at www.neighborsations.com and like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter… and obviously, let others know about it as well.
Some of my favorite articles and pieces from the week:
Over the next few months, I WILL learn how to code… I’ve already added 2 plug-ins to this page AND taken enough lessons to get the basics. Fake it until you make it helped inspire me.
Success-a-holics. Love it. From the HBR blog network: Overcome your Work Addiction
An amazing article from Levo League. This type of thing happens way more often than people imagine. The Red Flag in a Harmless Drink
Some great thoughts on simplify, simplify, simplify: The Simplicity Thesis
More great thoughts about businesses, business, product, and customer development: What the 3 Stages of Love Teach you about Crafting Great Services
One of the most amazing courses I took in college was Epidemics throughout History. The class, taught by a professor from the history department and an epidemiologist, examined various epidemics throughout history (hence the name). Each epidemic studied would review the medical components of the disease but then would also look at how that disease affected society, culture, economics, and politics of the area. The class had a tremendous amount of reading, but it was the most interesting materials ever. This book was one of our initial reads. It goes through early concepts of medicine, medical practices, and how it was influenced by society.