Founders at Work-Stories of Startups’ Early Days

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I read “Founders at Work” about a year ago and recently had the opportunity to read this book again. I posted my original book review on Goodreads. I wanted to share my opinion on this book and why I think you should read it. And, if you think you don’t have time to read another book, check out my earlier post on Time Management Tactics!

I think we all have a desire to “do our own thing.” I know that is especially true for me. This year marks the tenth anniversary of me being out on my own with Veracity Technologies. My company hasn’t grown  to the size of some mentioned in this book, but that was never my intention.

“Founders at Work” chronicles great interviews with founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple) and Max Levchin of PayPal. The author, Jessica Livingston, asks very probing questions that elicit some deep thoughts from her interviewees. It’s from their responses that I learned a great deal about the necessities I need in my own business.

Following your instincts is key to success. Will you make mistakes? Yes, I did and I still do. But, I learn from those mistakes! Reading this book will give you the confidence to take the next step with your entrepreneurial journey!

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If It’s Friday, It Must Be Jyll-Day

Fountain pen taking notes on Jyll-Day

If it’s Friday, it must be Jyll-Day! Being an entrepreneur with 3 active business propositions (Veracity Technologies, ShockAlarm, and Barnwood Pens) and many percolating ideas, it’s tough to carve out time for me. So, mid-May I started an experiment. I blocked out my Friday’s just for me and it’s turned out great! An added benefit is that my husband currently has a 4-day work week and he’s off on Friday too!

What’s Jyll-Day Like?

We’re usually up around 7:30 AM or so and one of us will get the coffee going. Today, we brewed our special blend from Top Pot! Most other days we brew Joe Knows Coffee – Tall, Dark, and Handsome.

While the coffee is brewing, I attend to my morning reading:

  • Daily Devotional and Bible study via Bible Gateway
  • Read my Morning Brew (FYI, if you subscribe through this link I may get cool stuff)
  • Scan the top stories at Medium
  • Pop through the social media sites of my companies to see if there is anything I need to address

After breakfast, I’ll handle any emails that need to be dealt with and then close email down for the day. (Ok, maybe I’ll peek a few times!) I have a standing project meeting on Friday afternoons, but that runs so smoothly we’re on and updated in 15 minutes!

Creativity Expansion

I will work on a couple of online classes in either writing, painting, or drawing. I love being able to pause the video, try out the technique, and then continue on with the rest of the class. Colored pencils currently hold my attention and I love experimenting with different blending techniques and mediums.

Technical Expansion

Technology is changing by the minute, or at least it is to me. I will take a technology-related class and learn something new on a monthly basis. I like using edX, udemy, and SkillShare (affiliate link). I’m intrigued by single-page web applications, so that’s what I’m currently learning more about.

You Need A Personal Day

After keeping Fridays for Jyll-Days for the past 4 weeks, I am more relaxed and feel ready to conquer next week’s Monday-Thursday challenges.

I’ve been exploring this concept on and off for the past few years. As you can see in “Make Time for Writing,” it’s been a challenge for me.

I encourage you to take more time for yourself. You’ll be less-stressed, more energetic, and have a more positive outlook on life!

Keep On Writing!

Keep on Writing

I wrote my first post on this site 3 months after I married. In 8 years since then, I’ve added 34 total articles – about 4 per year if you want to do the math. Prior to that, I had accounts on WordPress.com and on Blogger. To me, they seemed like an online diary and that’s not what I wanted to accomplish. Writing is a passion of mine that I want to continue to pursue.

Why I Write

When I decided to keep both a personal blog and a company blog, my reasoning was that I wanted to share my experiences and not just my personal rants. Heidi Cohen has a great article entitled “Why Have A Personal Blog?” I encourage you to check it out.

I have many different hobbies that pursue: needlework, crochet, working on stained glass with my husband, dabbling in watercolor, and writing. It’s the writing that I want to focus upon in the short term.

You Should Write Too

If you don’t have a personal blog to exercise your writing muse, I suggest that you consider starting one. There are many free options available that don’t require a tremendous amount of techno-savvy. WordPress has a free option – and you don’t even need a domain name (Although I highly recommend it for personal branding). Google’s Blogger is also free.