Goodbye, Hello

Written by Verne on August 23rd, 2007

Today, life begins. Again.

It’s been a great four years but I’m happy to close off this chapter of my life. Through the journey, I’ve come to discover my life’s passions and have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of great people that have helped me realize them. I’ve joked a lot about this $40k piece of paper I’ve now quasi-deservingly earned, but in reality, it represents some of the greatest assets I am proud to say I own today.

Management Building, University of Toronto at Scarborough (courtesy of Ken Jones)
My home away from home for the past 4 years.

As of 10:23 am, I’m a deskless, 9-5-less, ambitioned-filled, full-time professional entrepreneur (if there is such a thing). I’m a free man!

To give more purpose to this post beyond letting out a rare and sappy rant, I thought I would jot down a list of to-do’s to jump start the celebration.

Lots to do in the weeks ahead. The agency has its fair share of work too, including a redesign and a few projects to launch. All in all, I’m embracing the adventure ahead with a big smile.

Guy Kawasaki on the Art of InnovationWith that, I’ll leave you with a kick-ass presentation by Guy Kawasaki who preaches on the Art of Innovation. Out with inventions, and in with innovations. Get in the know and maybe we can all wear snazzy shirts like Guy someday.

Enjoy!

8 Responses

  • David Airey

    Here’s to the future, Verne.

    I know how it feels to be done with a course after four years, and looks like you’ve got loads to be keeping you busy.

    I’m listening to the ‘inbox zero’ talk just now. Thanks for the link, and thanks for the Escher mention.

    Looking forward to seeing some photos of your swanky new home office!

  • Satish

    Congrats Verne! I wish I could say I know how you feel as well, but (un)fortunately I have another year to get to that point.

    Inbox Zero = Best strategy ever for managing your inbox, something I’ve done for years now.

    Guy = Good presentation, but disobeys some of his own rules along the way.

    Jake & Amir = Rock. Damn those Connected Ventures folk and their awesomeness all around in videos.

    There’s no looking back now…

  • Verne

    Thanks for the encouraging words David and Satish. It’s going to be one hell of a ride!

    I’m at 1448 in my inbox this morning since March, hoping to make that a big 0 by end of the weekend. That would be so ace. ;)

  • Matthew Ing

    Congrats man! I expect big things from you. Remember… it is time to turn on baller… haha. Cheers!

  • shane

    This is awesome news!!!!

    Verne, things are going to feel crazy for a while. Your going to feel excited, scared, exhilarated, frustration, silly, exhausted, happy, sad, content, stupefied, a lit more scared and a little more happy. Then you’ll go to bed and start the next day.

    Welcome to the crew.

    -S

  • Verne

    Thanks for the warm welcome, Shane! I’ve been actually doing this for about 2 years now but you can never really quite get used to the rollercoaster that is freelancing. I think that’s what keeps me on the ride! I’ve never felt better to be a part of the ‘crew’.

    Matt – I know I can always count on you to lead the way to ballerville. Save me a seat, I’ll catch up someday. ;)

  • John

    Congrats! I can’t wait when it’s my turn to finish school. That’s a really nice pic, did you take it?

  • Verne

    Nope – it was taken by Ken Jones, as noted when you mouseover the picture. :)

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