When I was a teenager I didn’t play sports. Well I did skateboard for a while, but then once I stopped doing that what I did in my free time was read books, hang with friends and watch movies.Going to concerts at The Door in Fort Worth was a favorite past time until they shut down. I didn’t go to shows as much, after that.
In the past several weeks I have seen countless articles and videos highlighting the debt students are in and how certain things might be happening that will make it harder to pay that debt - or that will you in debt longer than you expected. Luckily, I never went into debt for the time I spent in college. I did drop out though because the debt was inevitable. So, in a world where we are told to get an education and the solution is always going to university, is there another way? To answer that question I think you have to respond to a whole slew of others.
Writing. Meetings. Designing. Meetings. Planning. Another meeting?
That’s pretty much what the first month of ODDFOLK’s life has been and honestly, it’s been a blast. 3 months ago when I sat down to finally flesh out something I had been thinking about for almost a year, I thought I would see it come to life 10 years down the road. Now, it’s a living breathing organism that I have the priveldge of caring for and nurturing.
On my morning commute to my full-time gig this week, I have been re-listening to Dale Partridge’s book: “People Over Profit”. This book has always been a go-to for me to think about the ideas I am building. Dale talks about the multiple eras of a business: the honest era, the efficient era, and the deceptive era.
A fantastic trend is happening in public education, the creation of career and technology centers. These centers give high school students the opportunity to begin learning skills for industries like aerospace science, automotive technology, medical services, and our personal favorites graphic design, animation, and film making. By the time these students have finished their studies at a center, they are a class above many other students in their respective field and in most cases are ready to begin working with their skills in a particular industry.
There has always been a longing within me to start things and to be able to have complete ownership over something. For years this manifested itself in church planting. My entrepreneurial spirit combined with my faith made for what seemed a lethal combo. After years of working toward leading my own faith community, it all came to a screeching halt. I was lost and not sure what to do next. This ambiguous future wouldn’t last long. I can’t sit still.