thederek

I wish I had known not to get caught up in “the way things are done.” One of the big benefits of starting a new company is being forced to do things with limited resources and knowledge because there aren’t any other options. Because you simply don’t know, you often come up with better, faster, simpler solutions. However, it’s easy even for entrepreneurs to get caught up in the way things are done eventually. I know I sure have. Just like investors are often driven by pattern recognition, founders too look to what other successful companies have done to succeed or look to their competitors to see what they’re doing more and try to mimic them.
Among many things [a mentor] has taught me are five rules for happiness. So the first one is living in the moment. The second is that it’s better to be loving than to be right, and if you’re in a relationship, you know how challenging that can be. The third one is to be a spectator to your own thoughts, especially when you become emotional, which is almost impossible to do. The fourth is to be grateful for at least one thing every day, and the last is to help others every chance you get.
But I realized Greatist taught me I shouldn’t settle for less, and my next step has to be something that thrills and challenges me just the same, if not more.

A powerful post by the incredible Laura Schwecherl on her last week at Greatist that inspired more than a few tears of pride:

a final sunday evening | Camping Out In America