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I've spent a good bit of my adult life frustrated wanting to "move
faster, work longer, spend more time in the zone", so I hear what
you're saying and it's not a bad way to be at age 29.
But we all wear many hats; some that we may think we're taking care
of, but aren't.
Chief among these is citizenship. We are a nation of Princes, each of
us responsible for the perpetuation of the Republic, and the
Jeffersonian ideals it is built on. I watched a video yesterday of a
guy convinced that the 10,000 hours he spent playing Civilization
somehow led to him being a good citizen, and that the world is "too
freakin slow" for today's kids, not the least that some of the world's
knowledge appears in those nasty archaic things called books.
What Gabe missed is that the world IS slow, and applying more, or more
intense, hours to it isn't always on the path to solutions.
For example, we in the US actually take time to have enough kids to
replace ourselves, unlike our friends in Europe. This means we will
have a labor force that can keep up productivity after we are old and
decrepit, a labor force which can also pay the payroll taxes to fund
our retirement and medicare--again unlike our friends in Europe.
We also take time to do local government. You'd be amazed at how much
of our government is done by ordinary citizens working in their off-
work time, for no or miniscule pay. By the same token much of our
social services work is done by volunteers working at community
centers, churches, synagogues, mosques, food banks, YMCA's, youth
teams, cancer research fundraisers, scholarship fundraisers, park
cleanup, PTA, you name it.
We are a people who turned a book about schools at 12,000ft in
Pakistan into a New York Times #1 bestseller. We inform ourselves
about things way off the normal career study list.
Steve Jobs changed the world in a big way, and yeah he worked 90 hour
weeks. But he also had $100 million at age 25 or so; and didn't know
jack about national security, or probably the 800,000 people massacred
in Rwanda while the world dithered, or teaching kids sportsmanship on
the local ballfield.
On Nov 30, 2:17 pm, David Fisher <tib...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I filled it out.
> One thing I've noticed about Columbus as compared to the larger tech
> communities is how much more people here seem to focus on life in their
> work/life balance. In SF/NYC/Boston, everyone's got multiple coals in the
> fire/projects and work until late, then go to a networking event afterward.
> I've observed too many people (imho) here that seem to want to check out at
> 5pm, not go to as many events, not working weekends and only focusing
> really on their day job.
> This isn't everyone for sure (as I know there are some incredibly hard
> working people here), but the drive to put a dent in the universe doesn't
> seem as strong here in Columbus or Ohio overall. Perhaps most here see this
> as a benefit, but I see it as an issue.
> I'm personally much happier working 80 hours a week plus having two side
> projects than I am working at a place that expects only 35-40 hours a week
> of each person and no interesting side projects.
> I'm also 29, no kids (none planned) and have no responsibility to anyone
> - David Fisher
> On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:12 PM, Ben Blanquera <benblanqu...@gmail.com>wrote:
> > Scott,
> > Great video I appreciate you sharing. Why is the most important question.
> > If you look i modified the question to ask the Why question. This survey
> > hopefully will give some insight and a path for the how and what. We kinda
> > need to do this for enterprises..;-)
> > Ben
> > On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 1:46 PM, Scott Preston <scotty.pres...@gmail.com>wrote:
> >> I think you should be asking Why, not What.
> >> Cheers,
> >> Scott
> >> On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 1:42 PM, Ben Blanquera <benblanqu...@gmail.com>wrote:
> >>> Thanks in advance for your help. I'm trying to make it easy for org
> >>> leaders to understand what they need to work on so we can better
> >>> enjoy where we work
> >>> Regards,
> >>> Ben
> >>> On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM, Ken Barker <ken.bar...@gmail.com>wrote:
> >>>> Ben asked me to pass this on to the group. It is short. If you're so
> >>>> inclined, please add your two cents.
> >>>> Ken
> >>>> ------------------------
> >>>> Hello,
> >>>> My name is Ben Blanquera <http://www.linkedin.com/in/benblanquera>
> >>>> and I'd really appreciate it if you could take a few minute to fill in this
> >>>> survey -https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/whatareyoulookingforcrb
It may depend on what you mean by "dent in the Universe".
On Nov 30, 2:17 pm, David Fisher <tib...@gmail.com> wrote:I filled it out.One thing I've noticed about Columbus as compared to the larger techcommunities is how much more people here seem to focus on life in their
Ben, there is no age category for Millennials, (I am 17).
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Company cultures are established by the early leaders and history of a
company, and are near impossible to change 1-2 generations later,
especially from the ground up. For example, working a flexible work
schedule where the CEO, middle management, and your team doesn't value
them is a good way to get fired.
The best way to grow healthy I.T. cultures in Columbus is to deprive
bad cultures and nurture good cultures with your talent and effort.
On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 1:42 PM, Ben Blanquera <benbla...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm 41 now, almost 42.
I am delurking for a moment here, because the comments about Columbus
in comparison to NY, etc. put me off a bit, and I want to lend some
support to Matt's comments. For the record, I will be 40 next month.
> I have a 7 year old.
I have a 10-year-old and twin 8-year-olds. All boys.
> I missed her first tooth. I missed her first steps. I don't
> want to miss any more.
I left the corporate world about 6 years ago after our family went
through a very difficult event. I run my own business now, and do
everything from right here in my home office. I am here when the boys
go to school in the morning and when they get home. They drive me nuts
half the time -- after all they are young boys -- but I wouldn't have
it any other way.
> the idea that people here, as a whole, don't have a drive
> to put a dent in the universe I feel is very narrow focused.
Yes, it is, because there are other ways to do that other than at a
keyboard. Because of my business, I am free to adjust my work schedule
as needed, so that I can, if necessary, play catch with the boys in
the street before school. Throw the football with them. Shoot some
hoops. Whatever they want to do. I have coached soccer, baseball and
basketball. I have more of an impact on society as a coach than
anything else -- and I run a pretty successful business, and I'm in
the process of starting two more myself and getting involved in a
The time I spend with my boys teaching them how to be young men is far
more valuable than anything I do.
The time that I spend teaching kids how to play the game of baseball
and seeing them enjoy it is far more rewarding than anything I do.
> Perhaps other's dents are a bit more
> shallow, but much more broad, affecting a far greater area -- and
> consequently many more lives.
This is so incredibly true.
At this time of year, every year, I read "A Christmas Carol." It is a
good reminder that the best, most important investment I have made --
and will ever make -- is in my family. When Scrooge is visited by the
third ghost, he sees his own funeral. No one comes, because he spent
his life counting money and conducting business at the Exchange at the
expense of everything else.
I understand that family life is not for everyone, and that's OK, but
there are other ways to make a difference in the world besides sitting
at a desk and going to meetups and conferences.
My feeling is that if any particular place is too "laid back" for an individual's taste, he or she has two choices. The first is to move to where the expectations at the workplace are higher. The second is to start your own thing and run it as you see fit. The talent will come, or not.
It is not reasonable to expect every place to be the same as Silicon Valley, New York or Boston.
I spent almost ten years in the Silicon Valley working exclusively at startups and have nothing, outside of the experience, to show for it. There are countless stories of someone pouring everything they had into a company for four years to vest their option grant, only to see the company ultimately fail. They look back to find their non-work friends have drifted away, and those work friends will as well once everyone gets new jobs.
It's fine to read exceptional stories like Steve Jobs's and dream, but the truth is that far more people expend the effort and nothing comes of it. It's important to step back and consider the long-term big picture. If that still means working 80 hour weeks, go for it. Just don't presume to expect the same from others.
What'd it get me? Just more work and even less time with family. I can't get all that time back. I dearly wish I could. For me, looking back, it was the wrong approach to the life I wanted for my wife and kids and myself.
Generally I see this as, as you grow older your priorities change. The younger crowd will work work work. Then they build relationships, marriage, children, hobbies (because they've made money the find they can actually do things instead of be broke all the time). They dig into homes and communities and schools (and even local government). Then life isn't centered around work so much. It's more of one's life evolving.
There's nothing wrong with any of it; if one way or the other makes you happy, go for it and good luck.
The message from David Fisher with the average childbearing age I found really interesting. What I find intriguing is people postponing for further education, but then they have much more school debt in a poor economy (but that's a discussion for another thread).
And the survey, that last question was way too vague $.02. But I do like the idea behind the intent of why Ben created such a survey.
On Dec 1, 2011, at 8:16 AM, Matt Williams wrote:
> David --
> Some background…[…]