I am a west coaster. I live like a west coaster, act like a west coaster, vote like a west coaster. My kids will all be west coasters. But I originally come from Florida.
When I was young I was a gifted kid, usually trying to be the center of attention. I played little league baseball and my family spent summers in Maine and New England. For a long time growing up I loved the fantasy of Camelot and wanted to be the next JFK. In college, I was basically obsessed with politics and devoted a year to working on a campaign. It was a phenomenal time. A great blend of romanticism and naivete. A truly wonderful "education."
At the end of the day, I knew I would want to build something. So after undergrad I drove to California to work in Silicon Valley and occasionally play golf. I knew when I finally decided to go back to school, that I could do it all here and that was for sure part of the equation. Greatest decision I have ever made. We live in heaven on earth.
I am always working on "something." Usually a big idea, or just a small project I think is cool. I'm just that kind of guy. I believe strongly in building something bigger than yourself. I love bringing people together, especially when everyone else says it can't be done.
But I have been around the block long enough to know what I like. When to take a break. And, most importantly, just how valuable a healthy personal life really is. At the end of the day, its actually everything to me. That's how I want to be defined. I will check my ego.