Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 35.
BTW: does this make me older than you?
We measure our time on earth in birth years, which feels more significant to me than New Years. Each year that passes reminds me: I don’t have infinite years on this planet. My development to this point is what I’ve been able to accomplish in 35 years. How can improve myself in my 36th year?
Secretly, we’re all scared of being rejected. Whether it’s unrequited love, an unappreciated gift, or making something that people don’t want.
One of the first products I built was CRM software for non-profits. It was about 2001, and I was 21 years old. Every day after work I’d spend hours and hours customizing each screen and interaction.
Nervously, I approached a local charity and asked if I could demo it for them. They were impressed! The Director invited me to come to their conference, and show it to other non-profits from across the country.
Man I was excited. I burned the software onto 20 CDs (yes, for CD-ROMS), booked my plane ticket, and arrived right as the conference was starting. Glancing at the agenda, I noticed that my demo had an official time slot.
I smiled: it felt like all my hard work had been validated.
You’ve heard of Walt Disney, the affable showman who founded The Walt Disney Company. He’s an American icon with a great legacy.
You may not have heard of his older brother, Roy.
Yesterday, I published the last episode of Build & Launch‘s first season.
It’s been an incredible ride.