The next thing you need to understand about money is this: all of the things you picture buying, they are only worthwhile to you because you cannot afford them (or have to work really hard to acquire them). Maybe you have your eye on a new Audi — once you can easily afford it, it just doesn’t mean as much to you anymore.
Paul Miller took a year off of the internet. Completely off. Not just deactivated his Facebook account. And The Verge paid him to stay offline and write about it. He’s just turned his connection back on and written about his experience:
It’s hard to say exactly what changed. I guess those first months felt so good because I felt the absence of the pressures of the internet. My freedom felt tangible. But when I stopped seeing my life in the context of “I don’t use the internet,” the offline existence became mundane, and the worst sides of myself began to emerge.
Rarely do I watch Joe Biden give a speech or an interview without looking for some evidence, in his eyes or the lines of his face, of the fact that he lost half of his young family when he was 30 years old. It is inconceivable to me, always has been, but especially in the years since I became a father. For all his goofballism, Biden has gone through a crucible that I cannot imagine. And he did so when he was 30, an adult, already deeply invested in the life he was building.
My hope for you all is that as every year passes, the depth of your pain recedes and you find comfort, as I have, genuine comfort in recalling his smile, her laugh, their touch. And I hope you’re as certain as I am that she can see what a wonderful man her son has turned out to be, grown up to be; that he knows everything that your daughter has achieved, and that he can hear, and she can hear how her mom still talks about her, the day he scored the winning touchdown, how bright and beautiful she was on that graduation day, and know that he knows what a beautiful child the daughter he never got to see has turned out to be, and how much she reminds you of him. For I know you see your wife every time you see her smile on your child’s face. You remember your daughter every time you hear laughter coming from her brother’s lips. And you remember your husband every time your son just touches your hand.
Talking with the authors of The Secret Power Of Middle Children.
My wife is a middle child. Sad, forgotten middle children.
Now seems like a good time to pre-order the official biography of Steve Jobs for your favourite Apple geek. Coming out on November 25th, 2011, it’s being written by Walter Isaacson with the full consent of Jobs:
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
It’s with a mixture of excitement, nervousness and a dash of whattheheckareyoudoingandthinking-ness, I’m happy to announce that beginning September 6th, I’ll be taking Lemon Productions full time.
Phew. Said it. Now I have to do it.
Where I’ve Been
First off, this means that I’ll no longer be working at YasTech Developments. I’ve been working with Michael for almost exactly 2 years and it’s been a great pleasure to work alongside him on all the different projects that came across our desks. I learned a lot about running a small business, having employees and communicating with clients from Michael and I owe him a great deal of thanks for that.
I’ve heard others say that once you’ve run your own business you’re ruined for working for others. And while there’s obviously exceptions to that rule, I can say that the little taste I had of working for myself just before starting at YasTech left me wanting to do it again. I knew it was going to be a matter of when, not if, that I would need to return to Lemon Productions full-time. And while it’s hard to leave the security, familiarity and comfort of a job you’ve been in for the unknowns of your own business – it really feels like this is the right time to take the leap.
Who’s Going With Me?
I keep saying “I”, when really it’s “we”.
My wife, Susan, and I have spent many days and nights thinking, discussing, praying, arguing and discussing some more all the scenarios and options ahead. There is absolutely no way I will succeed with Lemon Productions without her support and I am very thankful to have such a loving, adventurous wife that is willing to travel this road with me.
There’s also friends and family that have supported me and listening to me ramble on, giving feedback and nodding in agreement when I go on about how I’d like to do things. They don’t all know it yet, but they’re being pulled along with me on this journey because without their support, we won’t make it either.
What Will It Look Like?
The core of Lemon Productions can be summed up with the tagline on the website:
Solving Your Online Problems
What Does That Mean?
I love to help people get stuff done online. Helping a small business setup their website, social media efforts on Twitter and Facebook, email marketing campaigns. I like to see people’s eye’s light up when they realize the potential of what their website can do for them. Setting up an e-commerce section on someone’s website so they can sell the work of art they’ve created is an awesome experience.
Another aspect is media creation. I enjoy making small, short videos that help explain your business, app, website or solve a problem you’re having with your employees. Video is a great way to show and tell what you’re trying to get across to someone.
In short, I want to take the difficulty out of using the internet for your business or creative endeavour.
What That Doesn’t Mean?
I feel it’s important to not only define what you do, it’s also important to know what you don’t do. There’s only so many hours in a day/week/month and I want to make sure I make the best use of that time for me personally, as well as for my clients. Often when a person hears that you “build websites”, they just assume that since you work on a computer you must also love to support them.
Lemon Productions is not an IT support company. There’s plenty of companies who will come out and troubleshoot your Windows Vista network connection issues or figure out why your email password isn’t working. I can help you find a good one to work with.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy helping people solve their problems — it’s just that I enjoy helping people solve their online problems more. A focused business knows who it’s potential clients are just as much as it knows who they aren’t.
All that being said, if you’re not sure if I can help you or not, don’t be afraid to ask. If it’s not something I can help you with, I’ll be happy to work with you to find someone that can.
What About That Other Podcasting Thing?
One aspect of Lemon Productions that I hope to be able to continue to grow is the creative projects that I build out myself or with others. One of those projects is SSKTN, a podcast network that I have been slowly building. Talking with people about technology, marketing and business is a great way for me to learn about my industry and I enjoy providing a resource for others to learn from through new media efforts such as podcasting.
Through sponsorship and advertising opportunities, I hope to be able to partially support Lemon Productions with podcasting on SSKTN, but more on that at a later date.
How to Help
Thanks for reading this far. I really, really appreciate it.
If you’d like to help, you can recommend my services when you hear someone asking questions such as:
- Who should I get to build a website for my business?
- I wish I knew how to use Twitter. I feel like there’s an opportunity there but have no clue how to start.
- I’ve got a passion for building widgets and think I could sell them online – but where do you begin?
- I really, really need to buy someone a grande peppermint mocha but have no idea who I should buy it for?
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