The New Era

So there’s a couple things.

  • I used to equate dance to being on a great team.  I craved being on a team that accomplished greatness.  I first saw a great team in action when I saw The Alvin Ailey Dance Company for the first time at Berkeley.  It was breathtaking.  And after that, the greatest teams I’d seen in person all related to dance.  Little did I realize that…wait a minute.  I’m ALREADY on a great team.  NextDrop.  We’re really accomplishing groundbreaking things.  It’s like my brain hadn’t caught up to my own reality.  Which made me question, again, why I”m doing dance.
  • I don’t know enough about dance to get into flow (decent, albeit a bit dry, TED talk about it here). I think different types of activities have a different barrier to entry to achieve this sort of…immersion.  Some things are a lot easier than others. Dance is not one of those activities.  It takes at least a few years to even get close to that sort of creative process to flow.

Things that I have learned:

  • If you have the right team, work gets done even when you’re not there.  Funny how that works out.  Trusting your teammates is the greatest thing possible.  I was reading this great blog post about it, and I think it’s really true.  If you trust your teammates, each person can focus on the things that are the 3 most important things you need to focus on during that day that moves the entire company forward.
  • I like to work on creative projects, no matter what the area.  I don’t think I know enough about dance, but there’s a lot of things I do know enough about and that’s the sort of stuff I want to focus on.  My roommate and I had started writing a book, but for some reason it didn’t feel right.  Yesterday (the one day we were actually in the same house, mostly because I was sick) we finally realized the problem.  It wasn’t the content, it was the medium.  So we decided to create a YouTube series about starting businesses in India.  I’m pretty stoked about it.  I’m pretty stoked about working with her on a collaborative project.  I think it’ll be a lot of fun.

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