I haven’t written a post in a while. A long while. Shameful. A lot of reasons really, but I’ve let this blog slip through the cracks and I’m annoyed I’ve done so. From health concerns within my family, to launching a new venture (more on that later), even getting a full-time job; I’ve pushed the blogging aside in exchange for other things. Candidly, I struggle with it. Blogging for me takes effort. I have to carve out the time, prioritize it, and be in a quasi-creative state to write a post. When another priority comes up, blogging goes out the window. For a year or so now, I’ve asked whether it’s worth the effort. After all, I’m still “just starting” out, and the “does anyone read this anyway” question is always in the back of my head. But then I remind myself why I started writing in the first place – to chronicle my time starting a company. This needs to remain my goal, independent of who reads the blog. I hope that someday, there will be story here within these posts over the years, and it can be an encouragement to another entrepreneur somewhere, struggling, fighting, hustling.
With that confession-apology for my slacking blogger behavior out of the way, I have also been thinking about how this blog has been written in terms of direction. It’s all over the place. I’ve written about things I’ve learned, mistakes I’ve made, hot-button topics, but generally speaking, I’ve left a ton of meat on the bone with regards to my experiences. A close friend and respected business mentor challenged me recently to portray myself in a more raw way, rather than some of the high-level, generic language I’ve been using. I’m going to take his advice. I don’t know why I’ve not done this, probably because it’s the safer and easier route, who knows?
The past 6 months have been an interesting road for me in startup land. I went back into a new full-time job this past winter. Life happens, and at the time, I could no longer support my family with the high level of risk, which accompanies a full-time startup salary (a.k.a. $0). This new job challenges me, pushes me to be better, and keeps me accountable to develop my skills. Most of all, it has removed the risk placed on my family for our every day needs, and has certainly lifted a huge stress off my chest. This is critical to my success, and I think overall it is a huge blessing.
I am excited to have taken on a new side project, and launched a new blog targeting young professionals trying to find their place in the workplace. Fuel Your Mission went live this past summer. I am a huge proponent of finding your true pursuit in life and career and going after it – that’s what the site is about. It is definitely in its infancy, and certainly a work-in-progress. This is a long game for me.
Last, but certainly not least is Mango. Mango is the startup company that I cofounded, and is essentially, the business these blog stories and entire website was spawned from. In a nutshell, Mango is in its second-year, and I am one of two founders. At the moment, we are both working on it part-time. The company is a location-based app service designed to help retail and restaurant owners send promotions locally, and reach an audience in their immediate area. We are primarily local to the Tampa Bay area right now, but we are definitely psyched about it, and have gained tremendous traction, in the previous couple months especially. Stay tuned for more on this topic.
In closing, I have found that there is a shortage of stories “from the trenches”. Sure, we hear about them after they’re famous, but rarely during “the struggle”. I have tried to expose the reality of a start up from first-person point of view. I think I’ve failed at doing that, but am hopefully I can turn it around.
NOTE: Thanks for checking in! I no longer keep this blog up to date on a routine basis. While I will occasionally write updates here, it is not regular. I have switched all publications over to our new venture, Fuel Your Mission, focused on equipping individuals with tools to succeed in their careers and businesses. Be sure to follow us over there to stay up to date!