Ada Developers Academy is a tuition-free programming school for women. The only pre-requisite (other than “for women”) is that you can’t already be a programmer.
In other words, every woman I met today woke up one morning and said “I’m going to quit my comfortable job (or education-path) and become a programmer.”
In addition, the software industry is dominated by males (unfortunately, for everybody who uses software), so not only did these folks make a risky life-pivot, they also pivoted into an industry where the deck is stacked against them.
This takes an amount of moxie that I may never comprehend, and meeting the class was very inspirational. It got me thinking about how the metaphor of startup pivots (i.e. a course-correction designed to test a hypothesis about the business) can be applied to life.
The common (and incorrect) definition of a startup’s “runway” is “the amount of time a startup has until it runs out of money.” A more accurate definition is “the number of pivots a startup can make before it runs out of money.” In other words, the number of new things it can try, the number of experiments it can run.
Perhaps the “runway” of your life isn’t the amount of time you have left to live, but it’s the number of interesting, experimental things you can do before your time is up?
Just as a business should structure itself to get to each pivot faster (by finding ways to learn at lower cost and in a shorter time), one should structure one’s life to get to get to the interesting parts faster!
How can you structure your life like this? There are probably countless ways, but here are a few that come to mind:
- Have interesting friends (and the harsh corollary: don’t waste your time with boring or uninspiring people)
- Live someplace interesting where you can make lots of interesting friends (and do interesting stuff with them)
- Double-check your life assumptions every once in a while. Who knows what you’ll find?
(I tried something new on this post and didn’t spend much time editing it. The result is probably more raw and train-of-thought, but also closer to the original vision in my head. What do you think?)
Update: SOLD OUT! See you in May!
I’ve been writing a series on planning a retreat, but it fell to the wayside, because I’ve been pretty busy planning a retreat!
It’s been hard work but very rewarding. A few things are still up in the air, but the main deets are already locked down, so I can share them now:
May 30 – June 1, 2014
On An Undisclosed Lake in Graham, WA
$200 for adults, $100 for children
Tickets are on sale here:
Here are a few of the many reasons that this retreat is going to be awesome:
- We rented an entire lodge on a picturesque lake, along with some adjacent cabins (for those who need a bit more privacy).
- The price includes lodging, activities, and a weekend of meals prepared by experienced chefs, including James from How Pickle Got Out Of A Jam.
- Friday night interactive entertainment hosted by Ben from Yawp Club.
- This is a non-profit event, so every last penny is going towards making it an unforgettable weekend.
- Attendees include Mr Money Mustache, JD Roth, and other surprise guests.
- Space is limited to 50 attendees, so everyone will get the chance to get to know everyone else in an intimate setting.
- A mix of structured sessions, nature activities, and free time for chillin’
This is going to rock! MMM and JD Roth are both going to blog about the event, which will probably cause it to sell out, so if you want to get tickets, you should get ’em while you can!
Let me know if you have any questions!