Concluding the Vision Quest

2019-09-20

A retrospective is in order in terms of progress towards my goals. The good news is I have a complete Vision with a Mission for opsZero, Primitive, Sheepdog and Myself. What does it mean to have a Vision? It means I know where I am aiming, I know what I will be going after in the long run and I know what I will say no to. However, there are still a few things that need to be done to finish off the Vision and Mission Statements.

opsZero is now code complete and I am starting the sales process for it. The next steps for it include setting up the projects for growth, hiring, marketing, and scaling. In terms of the code we are largely code complete and there really is nothing else to add other than to create the repeatable cycles to migrate companies to Kubernetes and Serverless. We are in a good position here to really address the market needs and we need to grow fast.

Primitive’s mission and execution statement is done. This means we need to create the projects to take the tasks in that mission to completion. We are going at it from a learn then execute model. We will create the appropriate tasks moving forward but we understand the sales model. We now need to define the projects for the app related tasks. Once that is completed we will work on a growth model for it.

Sheepdog is now a major execution engine for everything we are doing. It is powering the Sales, it is powering opsZero and Primitive. We will take the lessons learned and apply it. We have to define the projects for Community, Coaching, and App. We need to really define the Automation into Learn, Do, Advance. Currently, the app isn’t really defined at all as to what it does. Also some parts of the app are really confusing so we need to define an overarching strategy for what the app is. Currently, it is really undefined. The book is getting more focused and making it easier for me to really dial in what I want to talk about but there are a lot of unknowns still about the app and what it will encompass. This needs to be made more specific.

Lastly, a lot of the stuff that needs to be done are now on the administrative side. What tools will I use and why. I decided to really standardize the tools I am using into a few buckets to vastly simplify growth. Fewer tools means fewer moving pieces and this means fewer ways things can potentially break:

  1. Sheepdog – Everything revolves around it obviously.
  2. Dropbox Paper – It is just such a fluid awesome tool for getting things done. We will be using that.
  3. Quickbooks – Invoicing, Time Sheets, etc. all will be in Quickbooks. There are many other tools but this one needs to be standardized.
  4. Airtable – Some Sales Stuff, some Client stuff all need to be handled through Airtable.
  5. Slack – Obviously for communication purposes
  6. Pipedrive – For CRM management.
  7. Woodpecker – Drip Campaigns, email campaigns
  8. Github – Code management
  9. Zapier – Connect things around.

In a lot of ways the Vision portion of the journey is finished. This journey was important for me to have and really dive into what matters for me and what I want to do with my life. It was also an important time to really consider who I wanted to be as an individual. When you say yes to everything you don’t know who you are. It is when you can figure out what you can say no to that is when you know who you are and where you are going. This lesson was that I have been trying to do my entire life to figure out and it has finally happened.

The lesson I can say from this is to write and think and write and think and write. When you force the thoughts into a sentence we can clarify what we are as part of that. We can clarify what we want to be and where we likely want to go. I don’t think I could have figured this in my 20s. I wasn’t ready, and I wasn’t prepared for that decision. It was important for me to figure out where I wanted to go slowly and with resolve.

Now I know the journey hopefully becomes a lot easier. Having a destination makes getting up in the morning easier, it prevents wanting to go after alcohol, it really helps you focus. So I am excited. The conclusion of this Vision period of my life is also a relief since it has forced me to really come to terms with who I am as a person, acknowledge my strengths and weaknesses. It means I now acknowledge myself for who I am not who I am not. I can’t be all things to all people, but I can be who I am to who I want.

So what is my Vision for myself?

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