I just wrote this message to Guy Kawasaki when an entrepreneur friend of mine was discouraged about a project they were working on and I sent them this video that the message indicates had a very meaningful impact on my life. I had several failed startups and entrepreneurial pursuits that were waylaid by most everything else in my life by drugs, alcohol, impulsivity, bad decisions, and just poor behavioral health.
I know that successful serial entrepreneurs and wealthy VC folks have a million people trying to talk to them about whatever things, trying to refine a pitch or get connected to or introduced to someone - I just wanted to say thanks for the positive impact a single statement had on my life.
Obviously, money makes the world go around and you need some to get by, however, the younger more foolish me thought that just by the sheer force of will and 'grinding' as Gary V puts it would equate to some amount of wealth that would keep me somehow connected to people. By 2011 I was so bad off that I ended up experiencing a long period of homelessness, justice involvement, and involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations. When I came out the other side of that, even though I had as successful of a tech career as a dopefiend can have - I had a strong feeling that I wouldn't want to just reenter the job market or work on the next cool idea to make me a million bucks.
I am fortunate enough in my life that this desire to make meaning found purchase in fertile ground with my employer and that I came back full-circle using tech skills to help a non-profit that has a mission that aligns with my values. I have a loving family with security and peace that I didn't know was possible before. And, I am very grateful - grateful that some folks are wise and prolific enough that their nuggets of wisdom are immortalized on the internet and that I was able to integrate them into my life.