“I usually tell people that everything I learned about being an entrepreneur I learned by F’ing up at my first company.” – Mark Suster, Partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest venture capital firm in Southern California
So I’m reading through this extensive but well written list of advices.
When I was little I learned that you listen to the elders, I can’t say that I can follow them exactly by letter but you always find something that resonates with you, or assures you, or prompts you to continue/change. Mark writes very strict to the point which I appreciate.
There are of course many other resources to read through, and we have been given access to books such as Crossing the Chasm and more, but reading them as a pdf is a sore for the eye. Somehow I find articles much easier to read rather than digital books. Strange I know. Anyhow this one is really worth checking:
Why am I doing this? Why am sitting here and spend hours on this? Who the fuck cares about the sexual education in school? Who the fuck am I to try and change it?
Well, I never intended to end up on such a grand mission but I guess it’s because I’m short.
But let us start from the beginning.
I really wanted to become a sexologist and that idea was born within me the day I talked to one of my friends about tampons. By that time I was already accustomed to the fact that a lot of people were asking me about all things sex related. But it was somewhere there in the middle of my drawings of how the vagina looks like, that I had the epiphany.
I knew what I wanted to be when I grow up!
Of course life is not a straight line and at last I ended up at Hyper where I learned for the first time to share your ideas and collaborate. But more about Hyper at a later moment.
I would not say that I still know what I wanna be when I grow up, but this thing about sexual education was always a burning issue and one of the things that I can spend hours looking into without no apparent reason but knowledge thirst.
How was my sexual education? I did not discover proper information though until I moved to Sweden and found Kamratposten! I learned more through that magazine, than the planned sessions at school which was basically talks given to us by RFSL/RFSU, biology of the reproductive organs and diseases. We also got to visit the youth clinic.
Oh yeah, I got to see a video of a baby being born full frontal that without the whole context was like seeing Alien – the human version.
So yes, I am one of those kids that did not get a good introduction into the enormous world of sex in school. Still it was better than the one that my friend with the tampon issue had, which is none.
So all I can see now is improvement. Not only for the halting quality of the Swedish education but on a bigger scale, to places where they have none.
I am as always questioning myself but as someone said, you can either make it, break it or fuck it. And my goal is to make it, break the existing one and never say fuck it.
Welcome to the process.