San Francisco Meeting:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7 PM
@ Patxi's Chicago Pizza

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Time to get the party started. I figured I would throw out a book that I was already familiar with to go ahead and get something on the calendar. That and I actually wouldn't mind reading it again. Once we get some people in the group and ready to join-in, we'll schedule our first meet-up date. So, grab The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha and we'll meetup in about a month to discuss and pick the next selection.

Here are some questions to help lead (let me know if you have any suggestions for this):

  • What was your greatest take-away from the book?
  • What actionable items have you given yourself as a result?
  • Is there anything that you disagreed with?
  • What books have you read that were similar?
  • Any additional Thoughts?

The meetup size will be a smaller group for this first meeting. Moving forward, if we need to, we'll increase the size. I'm thinking a quiet happy hour spot downtown, but can be persuaded otherwise. Time and day are flexible until we reach critical mass.

DISCUSSION NOTES:

  • The absolute greatest take-away from this book is quite simply adopting the notion of focusing on yourself, as you would building a business, in parallel with whatever career you are pursuing at the time.
  • It's okay to not have a linear career path; in fact, it is becoming rarer as every day passes. By being prepared to adapt and learning to leverage your assets, aspirations, and market realities can set you up for success.
  • See every day for the opportunities it presents and realize that you have never stopped learning and that you should never stop growing. You never know when that next interest of yours will turn into your new path and how your accumulated assets will support you.
  • And finally, some quotes to consider:  "The reason I don't have a plan is because if I have a plan I'm limited to today's options" -and- "Your identity doesn't get found. It emerges."

 

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AuthorBen Larson