Coming back home from Germany, I was stuck with a four hour layover in Chicago.…
Have you set goals? If I asked you to locate the piece of paper with your short and long term goals written on it would you be successful? I am a big believer in setting goals and more importantly, writing them down. When I was a young man, only thirteen or fourteen years old, I heard about the importance of goal setting and taking the time to sit down to write them out. I did just that and set myself personal goals in number of areas; Education, Career, Family, Financial, Public Service etc. I also set them to a timeline. I have only shared all of these goals with a handful of people because I believe that this was a defining moment in my life and for me, a very private matter.
On the other hand, I have very publicly achieved many of these goals. Graduating from a top 12 business school would be one of them. In my quest to be more open, I have decided today to share with the world one of my other goals that I set 13 years ago. I want to write a book. After my current project at Wallhogs, I think I will take some time away from startups and write.
This evening I was able to line up with an experience author and personal friend of mine Stephen Cobb. Stephen is an amazing writer and someone who I deeply respect. His advice was the perfect blend of caution and encouragement. He opened with, “I believe there is one great book in all of us.” This made me smile and I think he is right. It does help, however, when you’ve got an experience author to help guide you way. Thank you, Mr. Cobb.
It is unnecessary to point out that this is not a small task – I have always held ambitious goals. If you’re going to dream, dream big! But I think this project would be somewhat like trying to eat an elephant. When I embrace this project, I will be sure to post the news here. I hope that post comes sooner rather than later. And oh yeah, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. ;)