Hello again internet…it’s been a while.
Kevin McGinnis brought it to my attention last week that I hadn’t posted anything since October 22nd. My last post may have read somewhat like a George Bush “Mission Accomplished” banner but I’m far from done here; I simply didn’t realize how much time had passed.
(To be fair…I have been writing a little bit, but it’s been on the Sprint Accelerator blog HERE)
I’m writing this post from the comfort of my couch after the very first public event at the Sprint Accelerator. My feet hurt, my voice is fading in and out from talking too much and I feel fantastic. Tonight was a gigantic milestone in a journey that started 9 months ago with a serendipitous trip to Portland.
*Wayne’s World Flashback – do do do, do do do, do do do*
I stood inside of the Nike+ Accelerator on that evening in April, sipping on a Bridgeport IPA, reflecting on a long day of “speed dating” with entrepreneurs. As I looked around the room of Techstars teams, a speaker from Big KC came to mind who had quoted Jim Rohn (“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”). The creativity and hustle that filled the room was palpable, these people had already affected me.
I’m not going to bore you with the entire story of how the last 9 months unfolded, because it’s probably better told over a cold beer. My big takeaway in working closely with Techstars, the KC entrepreneurial community and my peers? The word “accelerate” is contagious.
Over the last 9 months, I watched our executives, our corporate real estate team, lawyers, architects, contractors and co-workers move quickly, sometimes in a way that was un-natural or outside of their “process,” to pull off everything leading up to tonight’s milestone. Much like this blog, the Sprint Accelerator isn’t anywhere close to flying a “Mission Accomplished” banner but we’ve established some good momentum, building a culture that will infect everyone who comes into contact with us.
Remember…you are one of the 5 people that someone else spends a lot of time with. Set a great example and make them catch up to you. Stop talking about your great idea, do something about it. Quit waiting for initiative, take it. Don’t plan on learning something from inaction…give it a shot, take good notes and try again as a more enlightened individual. Hustle.
Or as Techstars likes to say: “Do More Faster”