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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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 falicon.com.
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