Why I start things

I've started 5 businesses and 3 nonprofits, and I'm not slowing down.

I start things; it’s a part of who I am. As a kid, I would take up one hobby after another, diving into it, before moving on to another. I think it was my way of seeing what fit and shaping the person I would become. As an adult, I also find myself starting things. I work on small home projects, large business ideas, and everything in between.

I’ve started a total of five businesses and three nonprofits. Some have done well, most have faded into history, but every start has value. I start things because I don’t know what will work, but I’m willing to find out. I figure I’m likely to fail most of the time; most new things fail.

Failure is acceptable, even welcome. Failure is an opportunity to learn, grow and iterate. Most startups fail or at least have to dramatically pivot to stay alive. If I start something that fails, it’s ok; I learn from it and try something different next time.

Eventually, all those fails and lessons turn into something that works. And, when you start something that works, it’s a beautiful thing.

Great leadership reading from this week.

This week I’m thinking about: Communication

Next week I’ll be working on a communication plan for the nonprofit I'm at, and I’m excited about it. Hopefully, that experience will give me some interesting things to write about as well!

Other great reading from the week

Podcasts to check out

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