The Mission

Your humble, 365-days blogger is exhausted. For the past two weeks I’ve been carrying a huge load, including:

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  1. Running “The Incubator,” which is a 12-week program where founders get a modest investment from me before I push them to the breaking point so they can debut to massive fanfare and investment at the LAUNCH Festival. We just finished Week 10 and it’s been amazing.
  2. Selecting and coaching another two dozen startups who will make their debut at the LAUNCH Festival on March 2-4th.
  3. Getting ready for the 10,000-person Festival, at which I will MC, interview, and play host for 12 hours per day — it’s my marathon every year.
  4. Putting the finishing touches on Inside.com’s huge 3.0 release — which is so awesome it’s getting a lot of attention from important people (YES!).
  5. Meeting with a half-dozen partners who figured out what I’m doing with Inside.com and want to either buy, invest in, or partner with the company — which is just great, since for the first six months folks were a little confused about the product. This is exactly what happened with Weblogs, Inc.: people thought I was crazy, thinking blogging would challenge newspapers and magazines. People are starting to say, “Your curation at LAUNCH Ticker and Inside.com are really impressive and important — how can we get involved?”
  6. Doing a dozen interviews with a crazy number of awesome guests for This Week in Startups. I’m so blessed to have a world-class team including Jacqui, my Emmy-award winning producer, Jacob, my art & video director, and Luke, who has kept the lights on. The show is just crushing it.
  7. Writing 600-2k words per day here on the blog … which on the surface seems really hard, but as I write this at 8:30PM, with my wife and daughter playing behind me, feels like my daily run. It’s effort, but one that makes me feel better for having done it.
  8. A dozen portfolio companies either hitting walls or breaking through them. Or in the case of two of my favorites, flat out running out of money. Brutal.

I’ll leave out the personal stuff, but you can assume that being a dad of a five-year old, and moving cities for the first time in a decade, are a little bit of work.

However, none of this work has got me down. In fact, none of this feels like work any more.

I get up and do what I’m supposed to do every day and it feels effortless, despite the challenges.

When I wake up, I reach for my iPhone 6 Plus and check in with the world, drag my ass down to the kitchen, and make coffee and my daughter’s breakfast. Then I start at the bottom of the falls and climb to the top. Ripping through so much, while getting ripped apart in the process. But it’s so perfectly challenging that I feel like I’m living the perfect life — even when I’m getting pounded and it feels like we’re not going to make it up the falls that day.

Maybe David Carr’s sudden death has me reflecting on the big picture. Yeah, I guess I’m checking the old pulse, “Is this where I’m supposed to be? Yeah, this must be the place.”

That’s the cool thing about finding your purpose in life: everything gets easy, even the hard stuff.

I know why I’m here, it’s to be a founder and to support fellow founders. It’s just simple now … there’s nothing else I feel like I want to do more than climb the falls with my fellow missionaries.

So, my wish for all of you is that you really take the time to think about which parts of your day and life make you truly happy. When you figure it out, you’re not working and you’re not living — you’re on a mission.

That’s the goal, find your mission.

I’ll probably revisit this topic again when I’m less exhausted … for now, Gabriel’s Oboe.

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Your homework: watch “The Mission” this weekend and listen to the soundtrack.