How do you land your dream job? The one where you say to yourself, “Wow, if I could work for one company, this is it!” All it takes imagination, creativity, a few good skills, clear thinking and of course, quick action.
One day in 2013, I was checking my LinkedIn profile. I noticed a friendly (and familiar) face in the “suggested” area. It was Jesse Ellenbogen. I messaged him and asked for a connection. To my surprise and delight, he accepted!
It’s evening, after dinner and I’m getting “The Stare.” If you have a lab, you know what I mean. The eyes say it all: “This is our time. You know it. I know it. So let’s go outside and throw the ball!” The stare gets more intense. Hovering near, his brown eyes lock on yours. It’s relentless (well, for a dog). So, we head outside to the grass and the game begins.
As my family went out blackberry picking the other night (the wild kind, not BBRY kind), I found myself comparing it to the process of running a startup. Here, in short form, is how they compare in my mind: 1. Both require action. By that I mean you have to get out the buckets, find the blackberries and venture into the thicket of very thorny plants to get at the fruit. For startups, you get an idea, you do research, get out and talk to people, ask silly questions, and push hard.
We in the First world suffer from some kind of technology-driven hubris. We spend inordinate amounts of time examining, worrying, updating and tending our technology. We preen, prune and labor in the ethereal soil of electrons and pixels. Merriam-Webster.com defines hubris as “a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence”.