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Ian O'Byrne

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Ian O'Byrne

You cannot teach a crab to walk straight. - Aristophanes In issue of the TL;DR Newsletter - #identity


Ian O'Byrne

January 29, 2016

2 min read

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


In identifying new opportunities, there is often a chance that we'll let this derail us and lead us astray from our true goals. 

I'm busy trying to iterate on my own practice. I'm alsp heavily into identifying and testing out new opportunites to connect, research, and build. In this I'm quick to say yes, yes, yes. Everything looks new, beautiful, and stellar. It's not until you jump in do you realize the time suck or pit that it truly may become.

Over the last year(s) I've spent a lot of time working on a couple of initiaitves that I thought would pan out and offer more opportunities. I have benefitted from these experiences in the people and insight that I've gained. I did not explicitly gain in the ways in which I thought I would. It makes me wonder if I still should say yes, and jump in...but be a bit more cautious and protective of my time...or should I adopt the "Hell yes, or no" mentality. 

I need to protect and maintain my center...but still remain willing and open to new opportunities.