[published on LinkedIn]
After selling my 5th tech startup, I updated my resume but it didn’t reflect who I was or what I was about.
I told a friend, “You know… what’s really interesting about my career is what’s not on my resume.” He responded immediately, “You should write about that!”
So I created a series of videos that, surprisingly, amassed a bit of a following. I’m a no-filter guy so they contain the good, the bad, and the ugly. Enjoy!
- Installment 1 (7:29; my 20’s): How I got my 1st tech job and how I moved from new employee to founder of my 1st tech company; later selling in a 7-figure deal. Takeaways: 1. When opportunity presents itself, take action! and 2. When things go sideways, look for a way to move forward.
- Installment 2 (9:15; my 30’s): The rise and near fall of my 2nd tech company; ultimately selling in an 8-figure deal. In the process, I got life’d on all sides; everything began to unravel. Takeaways: 1. Never let a perfectly good crisis go to waste, and 2. Don’t let your trials paralyze you to inaction.
- Installment 3 (8:51; my 40’s): In my 30’s, everything important in my life combined against me to hedge up the way. Then came my 40’s and life came full circle. What are the odds? Takeaways: 1. Remember, this too shall pass, and 2. Don’t forget to give back along the way.
- Installment 4 (9:11; my 50’s [so far]): Racing an endurance event is a lot like running a business. It’s the mind that gives up first. You have to tell yourself, “you can do it!” even when everything is screaming at you to stop. Takeaways: 1. Startup with the exit in mind, and 2. Embrace the unknown.