I’m leaving Minnesota this week. I have served my sentence and will be applying gentle pressure to the accelerator pedal first thing Friday morning.
I’m moving on to the next phase of my life. Praxis.
Praxis is a nine month entrepreneurial start-up minded program that consists of three months of education in value creation followed by a six month paid apprenticeship with a startup.
I applied and was accepted to the program which, for me, will begin October 1st.
It may seem like a large leap for me if you peruse my professional resume. I have had over thirty different paid jobs in my twenty-six years on this planet.
Some may say quite wryly and self-satisfactorily “Ha! Sure, go on, do this next newest thing. You’ve found your purpose, *wink wink*.”
Or maybe that’s just my internal demon, Harry, coming through. I only just named Harry to personify my point here. Don’t worry, I’m more or less mentally stable.
Why would someone like me want to shift gears from my most recent venture in conservation to something like sales and marketing? Am I betraying everything that I am?
Betrayal assumes that there is a complete level of understanding in the first place. While I do not consider myself completely self ignorant, I think there are always things to learn. Even about myself. Some call this trait humility, but that word has been overused and worn down to a fuzzy platitude.
For now I’m sticking with the things I do know, have always known. I have always been fairly vivacious. I can make people laugh, usually through somewhat dry humor. I think the Monty Python crew is partially responsible for this trait.
I can only tolerate inefficiency and ineffectiveness for so long before I implode and exit the bad situation. In that vein, I could learn to communicate my displeasure sooner and more effectively.
I love reading and ideas. There is just so much out there. Outside of your head. Look! Look at it all! Birds, particle theories, tennis racket construction. I cannot be bored. There is too much to explore. My love of nature is tied into this.
My pleasure of nature and camping also ties in with being satisfied with myself. Not my clothes, my friends, or my car. I learned a lot about how much stamina for discomfort I had as a young person by going on week long backpacking trips. After a week of blisters, caloric deficit, and shitting in the woods you know more about yourself. The real you. It’s sort of a trial by fire, heroic creation myth ethos which is deep inside of me. It’s also a sort of philosophically stoic fallback. If everything, and I mean everything goes to hell in a handbasket, I know I’ll be more or less ok without toilet paper or a stocked pantry.
My, this post has meandered quite manically. So realistically why get involved in the startup zeitgeist?
I see it as more than following the money and sexy trends. I see entrepreneurship as one of the best means to create the better world I want to see. Which brings me to my core value.
The culmination of my personality and experiences is what I consider my raison d’être. God I hate it when people put French words in an otherwise English narrative. What do they think they’re doing? Anyways. The whole enchilada. Why I’m here. Is to leave you alone.
I will never force anyone to do anything nor ask others to do so in my place. I will help out as much as possible.
That’s it. I want to live in the world where that standard is as expected as the sunrise is tomorrow.
Sure it’s a basic framework that doesn’t encompass all the beautiful nuance and passion of this planet. That kind of stuff develops with time. I have passions and interests but they can change. What’s more important to me is that the activities I pursue all angle towards the foundation of peaceful, mutual interaction.
The rest is all cheesecake and rock n’ roll.