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I love the thinking behind a seven year horizon. It’s less than an arbitrary decade, but longer term than most. Compromise, and yet not.
In June, I was let go from LeadMD. They’re a tribe of fierce robots hell-bent on delivering results to customers. LeadMD was founded in 2009.
I started GBXM in 2009.
My friend Adnan runs CarThrottle.com. He started that in 2009 as well. (Gave me the ground floor opportunity in 2010, too, but I passed because GBXM.) He now has millions of subscribers and offices in London and New York.
GBXM never went anywhere.
More and more, I think the lesson learned is compromise has its place, but not when it comes to delivering value.
In any case, I’m in the process of rebooting GBXM. Again.
I don’t have a seven year plan. I don’t even have a three year plan.
It’s just the thing I feel like I need to do right now.
Where will I be in seven years? When GBXM turns 15?
I don’t know, but there’s only one way to find out.
I’ve developed a real bitterness toward working on cars in recent years.
It often feels like my vehicles fight me every step of the way. I wonder how much of that is my own damn fault? You know, self-fulfilling prophecy and whatnot.
Wednesday night, after P went to bed, I had to go back out to the driveway and replace filthy, 19-year old heater hoses on Fezzik. It’s not a hard job, but because these are always wedged between the back of the engine and the firewall, it’s almost always a pain in the ass.
Instead of bitching and moaning about it, I told myself to just slow down, breathe, and get it done.
I removed the hood and cruise control box for maximum headroom and comfort. (It was still 107°F/42°C out at 9PM.) I refused to get mad when I dropped that damned hose clamp bolt four times during reassembly.
Whattayaknow. Everything came apart and went back together without a hitch.
I’m gonna try this approach more often. With cars. With life in general.
Bonus: That feeling.
That feeling. When you’re retracing your steps to see if you sprung a leak after replacing those heater hoses and you find a trail of fresh fluid in the road and you know you didn’t see any other cars in the neighborhood on your test drive—and the trail goes to someone else’s driveway.
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