It’s been really weird to get to live my life for the past three and a half years.
After two years (‘06-‘07) where I fought a pretty strong urge to just end my life *, I’ve experienced a continuous three and a half year stream of some of the most awesome joy.
Of course, the biggest factor has been all the good things that have emerged in my relationship with my wife Kristi, including getting to be Katie’s daddy. But, in addition, I’ve experienced that joy in business and work, which I wasn’t expecting.
Yes, it’s been a ton of work, but the past few years at &yet have been some of the most fun I’ve ever had doing anything. I certainly don’t deserve that and I’d call 98% of it resultant of the luck of getting to work at &yet with and for some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known.
Baseball sabermetricians talk about regression toward the mean—the idea that bouts of amazing performance or dreadful slumps will get evened out in a large enough sample size—sort of a less fallacious version of the gambler’s fallacy!
When I look at just how *bad* those years were and how *great* the last few were in comparison, I certainly don’t think they’re a yin-yang yo-yo, but I *do* have a lot of questions fo myself that I intend to wrestle with.
A few of the biggest ones, off the top of my head:
- What elements of the lousy years—learnings, conditions, etc.—created the circumstances within which the next three emerged?
- What blind spots in the last few years am I missing? (I’d prefer to mine as many points of failure as possible for what they have to teach.)
- How much of it is really luck?
- How can I better share what I’ve gained in that time?
These are questions I intend to wrestle with publicly.
* If that’s the kind of thing you’re struggling with, I am open to talk day or night, anytime. Email me if you want to talk.