It’s been almost a year since I quit my job to live off my savings and focus my efforts on LI. I’ve been getting a little anxious lately, wanting to figure out how to start building a business so that I can have financial security, but the best way to do things often isn’t the easiest. Having enough money to survive and do the things I want to do is good, but I shouldn’t sacrifice my long term goals by trying to build something within LI that is not in the agenda. The problem right now is that I want to start thinking about funding when there is still plenty of philosophical and technical groundwork that needs to be laid down. Most of all, I need more experience and/or a bigger team to be able to start taking on the large challenges LI has its sights on. There are plenty of organization already in existence that are just out there to make money whether or not it supports the original vision. LI will not be one of those organizations. This is all too important.
Trying to develop things right now that are beyond my grasp or jumping into markets that I don’t yet know enough about won’t really benefit me or LI in the long run. It can be hard to follow your dreams when the world runs on money and you don’t have a lot of money. But I have to stick to the vision, to seek what I have set out to accomplish. This is my dream for myself, but this is also bigger than me.
At this point there is no funding coming into LI to support the work I do. As my savings slowly keeps going down, I wonder when I’ll need to get another job and work on LI increasingly part time. Maybe I’ll be able to figure something out before that time. Maybe I’ll be able to find a job that will help build relevant skills. Or maybe life will just end up being totally crazy in awesome and inspiring ways. Who knows. I just try to live in the moment as much as possible, working toward my goals as much as I can, and enjoying the process that is life. Remember to be bold, to chase the things you want… because that’s the only way you’re going to find the things in your dreams.
Week 15 – time put into LI: 13 hours
I got more work done that I was expecting, having arrived in New Zealand this week (spending a lot of my time getting settled in). I can’t really predict how much work I will be able to get done in the coming weeks. As that time goes on I’ll be able to estimate better. I’m hoping to get back up to over 20 hours this next week though.