My ability to remain upright was the result of many forms of stimulation but the most significant were fear and caffeine. Because I’m more of a runner and hider than gladiator or cop, the fear actually put me to sleep at night. The coffee was there to wake me up.
I know. Weird. But not that weird… I like what start-up guru Peter Hinssen said about starting and running your own business. When you build a start-up you are in constant fear because you are per definition in a fragile situation, in an emerging market, and with very little security trying to do things that have never been done before.
In my context that seems a bit grand, but it works.
But he gets past the fluff with his conclusion that Fear is the engine of a start-up.
Not for all, maybe, but I’d say he’s reading my mail.
The link to coffee? Chris Mueller, an engineer at job-search mash-up Thumbtack recently wrote in a post about the importance of start-ups having a food culture: Rule #7 – Coffee, tea, and espresso are good. And goes on, Caffeine is clearly an aid to concentration, inspiration, and productivity. You might try to argue against this, but the reality is that your colleagues will be chugging the stuff and you should learn to understand them.
I have only one rule. I call it Rule #1. The Only Rule. Jah Rule. The mother of all rules. Rule of Rules. And that is coffee must be present, or fine-ground French Roast coffee must be present, or no orange juice, please; I need to wake up.
Sometimes I just scream.
I love my coffee because it delivers me from the F it all-thing in my head and allows me to be more present and sometimes even more personable among guests.
So. As I was saying. It was a busy summer. I got behind on posting photos.
Some of the guests who visited the bnb last summer, and through their presence graciously contributed to my embrace of both the fear and the ‘feine, are represented here. There are others and they will be identified shortly.