We were sitting at coffee talking about trying to build companies. I have a good group of friends that get together to talk about the work they’re doing, and what they’re trying to build out in Silicon Valley.
It was August, the coffee was good, and it was fueling a great conversation about a new way to buy and sell websites for fun and profit.
Then the guy in khakis and a polo, the guy who didn’t look Silicon Valley, and who had been eavesdropping on our conversation all morning spoke up.
What are you guys talking about, and next time you get together can I join?
That was when I met Christopher Wilson.
Honestly, Chris annoyed me that morning. I didn’t know who the guy in the East Coast outfit was, but I knew that didn’t want to talk to him, and I certainly didn’t want him to interrupt our vibe.
Chris has become a very good friend since then. We meet up for dinner, or we take walks and talk about what we’re trying to build in Silicon Valley.
Shortly after we met, Chris left his job doing ad sales to focus full-time on The Unstuckable Podcast. A podcast aimed at millennials who are trying their damnedest to figure out the rules that this rapidly changing world wants them to live by.
I am a millennial. A lot of my friends are millennials.
For those of us who graduated from school in 2008 or 2009, the world we came into was completely different from the world we spent our adolescence and early 20’s preparing ourselves for. The economy was in a weird place. The well-paying jobs many of us banked our college debt on may not have come through.
Some people have called us a selfish generation, but we’re just trying to figure out how to live a life of meaning.
I think there is a prevailing since of having failed in many millennials. The world didn’t quite work out the way we expected, so the game we were taught to play didn’t work, and our best laid plans didn’t come to fruition.
Since the rules have changed, we have a unique opportunity to make up a new set of rules for how we work, how we live, what we buy (should we follow the American consumer model?), and how we contribute something meaningful back to the world.
As Millennials, we’re learning about ourselves in order to learn about the world. We’re changing ourselves in order to meet the world head on.
We embody the thing my priest tells me:
Change yourself, and the world around you will follow.
That’s what the Unstuckable Podcast is about. It’s about making sure you yourself, and you know how to evolve to meet the challenges of the day. You become the 4×4 out mudding in the pasture that always manages to “un-stuck” itself.
Apparently failure has become one of the things I talk about.
When I was 15, I had to learn how to walk again after both my hips were replaced. Nobody prepares you emotionally to learn how to walk again as a teenager. It’s not something you go to school for, and there isn’t a model for how you start to see the world differently. But if you want to keep walking around, you just figure out a way to keep standing back up and taking the next step.
Does that resonate with you?
If so, I’d invite you to join Chris and I to talk about what it means to always be able to take the next step on the Unstuckable Podcast.
Hope this helps.
Austin W. Gunter