For me, that’s pretty much Allagash, Pretty Things, Ballest Point, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Stillwater, Cheshire Valley, Black Oak, Dieu Du Ciel!, Hopfenstark, Trou du Diable, Central City, Oskar Blues, Goose Island, Les Trois Mousquetaires
3. Be optimistic - The quickest way to tell someone that they shouldn’t have hired you is to tell them why something won’t work before you’ve spent any time working it. This is especially true in the beginning. Good entrepreneurs spend their days trying to figure out ways to make seemingly impossible things happen. It’s way too easy to think of reasons why something won’t work, and much harder to envision a way that it will. It’s a common trap to want to debate all day the problems with a solution rather than testthe solutions to a problem. At least initially, train yourself to focus on the latter.
I’d love for us as an industry to be more tolerant, to encourage others and get rid of that underlying tone, that has crept in recently, of one-upmanship. I don’t expect everyone to get on, or even share the same opinion, but before making a snarky comment, ask yourself what real value it’s adding to the community? Personally, snarky comments on twitter remind me of one of a saying…
“Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength”.
“So if you have conviction and think I’m wrong – fine. I view my job is to be your sparring partner. To make sure you’ve thought methodically about your business. To pick hole’s in your approach. To try and save you wasted energy, help you avoid bad decisions and to make you that much better in your next VC meeting.”—Why I’d Rather Err on the Side of Direct Feedback Than Pleasantries
In every project in which I’ve been involved–creative, corporate, volunteer, non-profit–there was always a person in charge. Whether or not that person had an authoritative title or anybody acknowledged it, they had final decision-making power. A group always needs to look to somebody to own big decisions. That’s what a leader is there for.
Whether we’re talking about theatre, an unconference or revolution, there’s always a leader at the heart of things. Like it or not, we’re a hierarchical species. It’s how we get stuff done.
“at the time it seemed great – but it did point to a fundamental flaw in our high school guidance system. Nobody actually asked me what I enjoy doing – just what I thought I was ‘good at’. For the entirety of my academic career, I was not graded on things by how much personal satisfaction I took from them, or how I enlightened the lives of those around me.”—JonSpenceley » A Quarter Century