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The Older Entrepreneuer

If an idea falls in the forest, and there isn’t a millenial around to hear it…did the idea ever really exist in the first place?

True story: I need to lay off millenials. I think I joke because I’m jealous.

As a poor, beleagured Gen-Xer (insert weary sigh), I grew up believing it was my job to go to college, learn a skill that would land me a job in the corporate world, and work hard. Keep my head down, do my best, stay under the radar. Get paid, maintain good insurance, pay bills, minimize debt.

Reading this was super depressing, btw.

Presumably, I’m smack in the middle of that “mid-life” period, given that I’m in my early forties. I’ve been working in a cubicle for the better part of 20 years. Old habits die hard.

I’m so inspired by people who believe in themselves and their ideas. You know the ones (perhaps you ARE the ones) — the sky is the limit. Have a great idea? Sweet! Make it happen. Don’t even consider that it won’t happen, because of course it will.

A few days ago, I read an essay in The Mighty about the art of the hustle. The Mighty, if you’re unfamiliar, is a great website that addresses disability, disease, and mental illness. I totally encourage you to check it out. Anyway, the specific article speaks to how to embrace the hustle with a chronic illness.

I’d never really thought about the word “hustle” before. I mean, at least I hadn’t done so mindfully. It’s an intimidating word. Perhaps it’s a generational thing, or I’m just slower, but to me, hustling means doing something faster with greater intensity. It’s working with laser focus and being in constant competition with everyone. It sets up a perfectionist for failure. Not saying that being a perfectionist is something anyone should ever aspire toward, I’m just saying that as someone who is working on control issues, the word hustle is counterproductive.

To that end, I disagree with the writer’s take on things. I’m not going to try to manipulate the word to suit my lifestyle. However, I definitely appreciate her opinion and the fact that it got me thinking. I honestly don’t know when hustle became a thing. Same goes for hipster. When did hipsters happen?

It’s totally cool, guys. I have a lot of friends who are hipsters.

Vague, cryptic paragraph ahead:

I have ideas. I want to create things where things don’t exist now. I don’t want to find a job listed online and apply for it, I want to develop myself into a force that companies seek out specifically to serve a purpose. I want to make lives better. I believe the children are our future.

What? Redirecting a serious thought with self-deprecating humor? Who would do that? And then further shaming oneself for doing so by adding mockery on top of it? Pssh. Not this girl.

The wrong cord showed up for my computer today, by the way. World domination is going to need to be put off just a little bit longer. But business cards…those things are going to happen.

One more thing: When did ecstasy become X become molly?


If at first you don’t succeed…