Slow Motion Golf Swing

I haven’t played golf in year but had the luxury of playing with some friends  on Monday. One of the guys took a slo-mo video of my swing and sent it to me. The way I pictured myself swinging, versus how I actually swing is completely different. I do have an injured right elbow that can not bend which makes golf even more awkward.

Maybe if I start working on it now I’ll be ready for the senior PGA tour?

I had several people ask me to do an interview in my Artisan files series and it just so happens I had an empty slot this week so I was happy to oblige.

Bootstrapper to 9-5er

I got my start in tech almost two decades ago. Back then the landscape was much different, but I feel in love, and made it my career choice.

I found a friend, started selling software and doing custom development. Back then no one used the fancy term bootstrapper and I was just a partner in a small business, like thousands of others.

Flash forward a lot of years and I found myself getting a full time job. Something I hadn’t done in such a long time that it was a shock. I went from setting my own hours, working a few minutes away, and wearing many hats. To having to drive an hour each day, a set schedule, limited vacation, someone else making decisions, and having to focus on just code.

On one hand it was easier. Being an owner, all these questions stayed in the back of my mind, and at all hours:

  • Are we making enough money this month?
  • Did we put back enough for taxes?
  • Can I afford health insurance for the family?
  • Is the company growing?
  • Is our marketing working?
  • and on and on and on.

If you notice almost everything in my list was around money. Being a bootstrapper without a large net worth is stressful. A few bad months without proper savings can hurt you in a bad way. I had a hard time with the income being unstable from month to month. This stress compounded when I had kids.

Going to a full time job took away most of that. I could depend on a paycheck, had insurance coverage, and taxes would be handled like the rest of the population.

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t without issues. Mostly driving into an office. I took a job in the next city over, on a good day about 30 minutes one way, but that hour a day really adds up.

My kids go to bed between 7 and 8 which meant I would only get to see them for an hour or two and I didn’t like that at all. Especially in the toddler stage when they are doing all the good stuff for the first time.

I was able to eliminate the drive by getting a job working remote. Which also included the side benefit of being home for lunch and to be a big part of my kids lives.

Working from home is not without challenges. For me it’s mostly training the kids that during work hours they are to not be to loud and keep interruptions to a minimum. I would say that works 90% of the time but I do make an exception after school. Having them hold in their excitement until after work is impossible.

The other thing I’ve heard about working from home is isolation. This hasn’t affected me and I assume it’s because of my personality. I prefer not to talk and chatting with friends via online messaging is just as well with me. You could say this is my introversion showing it’s true colors.

All in all I’m happy with my experiences on both sides. One benefit is now as an employee I have a pretty good understanding of the business side, and how when you work for a bootstrapper you are an integral part of the company.

Left Lane Drivers

Dear left lane drivers,

I’m sorry but I have a deep down hatred for you. I have driven almost 600 miles over the past two days and you annoy me to no end.

The proper way to drive on an interstate is to remain in the far right lane until you need to pass, at that point move out, pass a vehicle and move back over.

By failing to move you are making the roads more dangerous. Others then have to swerve in and out of multiple lanes to get around you and the person driving beside you.

So please move right, this keeps everything running smoothly and prevents road rage.

This is an epic post about the state of our industry written by Elizabeth Naramore.

Some days, it’s hard to feel awesome about the tech world we live in, isn’t it? There is a constant outpouring of rage, criticism, harassment, misogyny, and personal attacks. We love to disagree and judge and publicly shame for mistakes, and we shake our fists in the air and scream when we think someone’s wrong. We thrive on this sea of negativity we have created. Sadly, when something truly inspirational does happen, its beauty is criticized, discarded, and drowned.

The whole post is quote worthy and you should read it.

NYT:

On Tuesday night, the first game of the 2014 World Series drew just 12.2 million viewers to Fox, making it the lowest-rated Game 1 on record. Game 2 on Wednesday night fared somewhat better, with 12.9 million people tuning in.

For me it’s the start time. With an 8pm start time, that means at the earliest it will be off is around 11:00.

On the odd chance, it is a good game then it could go longer. So I’d rather just not see any of it, instead of missing the most exciting part.

There’s more to your finances than just the math. Your habits, your tendencies, and your personal psychology all play a role. You’re not just saving money when you set aside cash, you’re setting aside habit capital. And everything grows over time. — Eric Ravenscraft —

Found this on Lifehacker today.