A great friend of mine and long time college friend is currently working at wework. He was part of the reason I showed up tonight because he just moved to Philly and we hadn’t seen one another in so long. Mitch Robinson, a great friend from college, was just like me in many ways. For one, we both ran a startup in college and played a part of growing the entrepreneurship community at Penn State. I was a bit surprised when he moved to Philly after college because I thought he would pursue his startup full time. Then I read his blog post I’m Moving to Philadelphia 🙂 and everything made sense. (It’s an awesome read especially for those of you who are feeling lost and are trying to figure out what’s next in life.)
As soon as we met up, It was like no time had passed (I love relationships like this!). We moved away from the party area to catch up and he gave me a lot of insight to what he was doing now, his decision to move to Philly, and what he’s thinking about dong next. I appreciated our conversation because we talked about risks, decisions, and learning to let go. With the things going on with me and hearing his input, it made me a lot happier with the choices I recently made.
In our twenties the most difficult thing to do is make your own decisions because they are sometimes tied to different levels of risks. We are still in the age where our parents have made most of our decisions (even when in college) to having this enormous amount of freedom and still deferring our ability to make our own decision by relying on the input of others. It’s a really weird place to be.
One of the topics that really stuck with me from my conversation with Mitch is learning to let go. I brought this up not knowing he had encounter this with his startup Nametag and why he decided to shut it down. Learning to let go is an important concept not only for entrepreneurship but for life purposes. It’s not a bad thing to let things go. In Mitch’s case he still believes he has a lot of learning to do and there are areas where working in an environment like wework could benefit him and in the long run his startup. Another example to think about is if you’ve been known all your life for doing one thing and one thing specifically, and when you decide you are no longer going to do that a difficult transition takes places. When you try to move on people will try to put you where they think you fit in their life and in this case for only doing that one thing because that’s what you were previously known for; however that is not the case anymore. It’s important to not get stuck in others box of who you should be or what you should be doing; create many boxes and experience many things. Learn to let go so you’re not stuck in a place you don’t want to be in.
Sidetone: I’ve always been a big fan of wework so when the opportunity came up to attend their holiday party, I couldn’t pass it up. For those of you that don’t know, wework provides shared workspace, community, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and small businesses. Did I mention it’s affordable? As an entrepreneur or startup having physical space will be one of your biggest expenses but here is a way to lower it. (Another alternative for those living in the Philadelphia area is Benjamin Desk, I personally highly recommend them.)