The title of this post is a quote by Winston Churchill.
This blog is close to four years old and, since starting it, my interests have shifted. In college, I was maniacal about the stock market. Classmates were making money day trading, one even owned a late model Corvette. I never got too involved in day trading, instead preferring place by bets on stocks I expected to shift over 6-12 months. I went through periods where I traded heavily, suretrade and scottrade enjoyed these periods of my life. I remember filling out my tax return at the end of the year and regretting my prolific, yet unprofitable activities over the course of the year on more than one occasion.
I eventually drifted into real estate, buying my first home at 25 and eventually another from family at 28. Real estate is interesting to me, but to be profitable over the long haul it eventually means landlording in one form or another. Not something I’m very interested in.
Over the last two years, my interest has shifted in the direction of entrepreneurship. Both of my parents were great role models for me growing up and I always had an entrepreneurial bent as a kid. My dad being self employed, at times with a hand full of employees, in the construction industry. My mom often worked for others but generally did it with a direction of getting joy out of her job rather than focusing solely on the paycheck.
Over the last few years, I’ve worked at a great internet startup in Seattle where several of my coworkers either have left to pursue their own opportunities or worked for themselves for a time then came back to the corporate setting for security, family or opportunity to work on unique technologies that may not be possible at a small business.
I’ve decided to shift the focus of this blog onto my new focus of small business and entrepreneurship. With my technical background and interest in business, I’m looking to put my knowledge and skills to good use either in my own venture or in helping small business owners grow their businesses and be successful in this new, technology-driven marketplace. Even local businesses need to blend ecommerce, social networking, targeted online marketing campaigns and the new wave of location based services into their businesses to give themselves maximum potential in their market. I think there is a huge opportunity to help small business owners bridge that gap and take their businesses to the next level.
I hope you’ll stick around as a reader, I’ll do my best to keep it interesting!