I’m offline today, mostly spending overdue time with my kids after too much recent travel. Perhaps unsurprisingly, offline time is leading to inward thoughts, which has led to this post, which is, in turn, an unabashed personal digression — which you should feel free to skip over. My feelings won’t be hurt: I’m mostly just trying out some things to see how they feel when I type them.
As most readers of this site know, in my professional life I wear a bunch of hats. Okay, a lot. And that’s generally good, as I learned long ago that I tire quickly of things that become overly repetitive, and I am usually at my best, such as it is, when I have a lot going on.
At the same time, however, this multi-legged beast was originally created for a purpose. I was sampling some things as I thought about next steps in my (for want of a better word) career, and I thought a look-in on a few things would trump committing to any one, at least in the near term, and it generally has. At its best, my portfolio of activities keeps me excited and stimulated, which is all I ever wanted from it.
But that said, I’m started to feel scraped somewhat thin. (Hard to believe, huh?) More importantly, I’ve got a near-overpowering itch to give everything a clearer locus, and I have some specific ideas, generally revolving around the investing that I already do, but doing it in a hybrid form that merges my interests in public equities and private, early-stage stuff. Whatever I come up with, however, it has to be something that affords me the flexibility and freedom to do the things I like to do, and have fun doing it. Almost always, in my experience, that involves me creating something for me, but maybe I’m wrong about that.
I promise not to muse endlessly about this here, but I also thought that, in the spirit of the open way in which blogging works best, I’d just put my musings out there today.