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.