I’ve always had a lot to say, but for the last 15 years I’ve really kept my mouth shut and focused on building a business.
People who haven’t run a business often don’t realize that business owners – entrepreneurs, especially, who are relying on the continued investment of those wealthier than themselves – have to stay quiet about a lot of things if they want to keep raising money. And being a business owner means fiduciary obligations that compound the silence. Only when someone has become independently successful in business can they afford to speak up, and often not even then.
Personally, I quit commenting on websites a long time ago, since it only leads to arguments, not understanding. I largely stopped using social media once I realized it was monetizing my relationships and constantly generating conflict to create “engagement”. I didn’t appreciate how eager social platforms were to collect, and then ruin, the relationships I’d taken a lifetime to build so that they could squeeze a few more advertising dollars out of my social network.
Now it feels like time to share the things I’ve learned, and all the things I’ve been through, before, during, and after that time. I’ve seen and done a lot, and experienced things that people really should know about.
And maybe people hearing a bit about what’s gone on, the people I’ve met, and the things I’ve seen and heard will bring some sunshine into the world, and make things easier for those who come after me.