My long time business partner/social coach/life partner, Jaspar, is back from Israel, and we are hard at work on our next business idea. The trouble is we are not yet sure of what that idea is. We have spent the past six months in pursuit of the entrepreneurial life, writing a business plan, pitching investors and even going to Argentina to explore opportunities abroad (see “Bryce and Jaspar’s Argentine Adventure“). However, with the collapse of our initial business idea we found ourselves at a loss. I quickly came up with an alternate business idea and have spent the past month (while Jaspar was spiritualizing in the homeland) developing it. But neither Jaspar nor I are certain that this is the right business idea.

This ambiguity, in the context of our post-college, what’s next anxiety is unsettling. My response is to forge ahead at full speed; Jaspar’s is to pause for exploration. We have ourselves a productive, creative conflict.

It’s a difference of temperament and personality, the difference that has made our partnership so successful to this point. It is clear that we are both nervous. For the first time in our young lives, nothing is certain. The oft-treaded trail below our feet has split into thousands of different directions: pre-school, elementary, middle, high…go to college, get a summer job or internship…graduate college……………now what? Job, travel, more school are some of the more common responses. However, Jaspar and my entire partnership is based on rebelling against the forces of normality.

So a summer lies ahead of us. My instinct is to enforce a rigorous schedule. To build a business, even if we are not yet certain it is the right one. Jaspar’s is to find space, to allow for the creativity necessary to produce new business ideas. And so, we have ourselves a productive, creative conflict.

6 Comments
  1. June 19, 2008

    Is a great personal blog, but i think u shud put some topic that is not personal, cause readers who dont know you will found it not interesting.. no offense, just a suggestion from me..keep up the good work!!

    http://www.kuanzie.blogspot.com

  2. June 19, 2008

    is an interesting one to read. Good work! Keep it up!

  3. June 19, 2008

    Thanks for the advice. I try and share personal experiences that I think most people can relate to.

  4. June 19, 2008

    I’ve started thinking about starting a business as well – I bought two books on import/export off amazon, so I guess that’s what I’ll be doing at some point. But I don’t know what to im/ex…chips?

    Good luck with your business! Are you working on it as your full time job right now?

    http://bobbypd.blogspot.com/

  5. Tom
    June 20, 2008

    i think this site is genius! I dont know you but I find it interesting that someone so far away can have the same dilemas and issues facing them…

    A good personal blog transcends the personal and delves into the universal…. and that is what makes it successful.

    Great Blog. I am excited to hear what you decide…

  6. July 24, 2008

    Thanks for the feedback guys. I really enjoyed putting this post together.

    Keep reading and I’ll keep writing.

    Bryce

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