The same, but different.

I am a Parent, Husband, Developer, Entrepreneur, Coach, Advisor, and Investor.

More or less in that order. It might seem like that's a lot of hats to wear, but when you really step back to think about it, these things require many of the same skills, approach, and mentality.

Here's just a few off the top of my head:

Desire to help someone besides yourself win.

- your reward/happiness comes from their success and happiness

- it's a team effort, a collaboration; learn as much if not more than you teach

Put people in a position to succeed

- then trust them to execute

Picture a goal, but focus on the journey

- steadfast in goals and ideals but flexible in approach and throughout the journey

- live in the moment and pay attention to the little moments/details

- optimize for success through the journey (rather than just at the end game)

Share stories, opinions, experience, and knowledge

- success is the result of compounding interest in these type of things

- listen as much if not more than you share

- continue to add to this repository (your own journey and your own evolution is not over)

Have a strong set of ideals that guide your philosophy (here are just a few of my own)

- There are no true failures, there are only set backs and learning opportunities

- The journey is the thing (and will never be complete)

- There's more than one way to do it

- You can learn something from everyone

- Respect (expect to earn it but give yours freely to others until it's lost)

- Work smarter AND harder

- Trust but verify

- Optimize for happiness at scale (not just your own happiness)

- Keep a healthy amount of fear in your journey

- Have an unreasonable amount of confidence in yourself and your team (set high expectations)

- Ask questions (especially why)

- Be a leader regardless of your position. Look to put the load on your own shoulders.

- Decisions and beliefs don't have to be final (you can change your mind); Most people make decisions, then rationalize them (be constantly aware of 'why' you make/keep the decisions you make).

- Add value

- Look to make real connections

- Keep growing. Keep going.

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This is the personal blog of Kevin Marshall (a.k.a Falicon) where he often digs into side projects he's working on for and other random thoughts he's got on his mind.

Kevin has a day job as CTO of Veritonic and is spending nights & weekends hacking on Share Game Tape. You can also check out some of his open source code on GitHub or connect with him on Twitter @falicon or via email at kevin at

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