Here is a short Thanksgiving message I sent to my team today. As I re-read it, it become apparent how thankful we must be for the “lucky” turns life can take.
Happy Thanksgiving dudes. I am thankful for being a part of this great team and this most incredible opportunity. A simple article from me and a quick email from Jacques changed my life forever… and I am very grateful for that to happen. Also, as I look around us and think of what we have done in just a few months, we have been blessed with some great people as Advisors and others coming out of the woodwork offerring to help us. Never forget some things are inevitable. Let’s keep working our asses off.. great things are going to happen.
On a random day in August 2011, without a job and without much money in the bank…. I wrote an article titled“Ice cream is great, but utilities make the world go around” and got it published on GeekWire here in Seattle. Amazingly Jacques Crocker, aka @railsjedi, read it and quickly emailed me requesting to meet and talk about some ideas. At that meeting he mentioned reading my stuff and believed have similar visions and would work well together. He wanted me to join and lead the team that would ultimately found the startup Seconds. Immediately after that meeting, I knew my life was going to change forever.
I take little credit for this happening at the time it did. Yes, working hard for many years afforded me the perspective and knowledge to be able to write articles such as that one. But sometimes we are in the right place at the right time and luck just takes over. In this, we need to be grateful and thankful for where we are in life.