Growing up in my parents’ restaurant, my dad always used to say “Never come back to the kitchen empty-handed.” The idea being that a trip to the kitchen without bringing back some dirty dishes was a waste. It’s about efficiency. Well, fast forward however many years, and here I am, hitting a wall after however many hours in the office at my computer, so I decided to mop the floor of the hallway to our door because it’s been filthy for way too long and I couldn’t take it anymore. Figure if I can’t put my brain to work, I might as well use my body. Thing that bugs me is that this floor is this dirty at all, and that it’s been dirty for so long. Everyday when I walk in the office, I see it and say “ugh, I gotta get that cleaned” but it falls WAY down the priority list pretty quickly when you’re a startup trying to launch something “soon(ish)"… It’s easy to let mundane details fall way down the priority list in the name of "focus” but before you know it, those details, that debt, can come back to bite you in the ass… So many other lessons about pride, and taking care of details, and what it means to succeed from my youth/experiences are now coming to mind… From working at the local ice cream shop (before I was of legal age to work outside the family business) where I learned to mop floors - and “put your back into it!” - in the first place, to my mom making me pick up cigarette butts in the restaurant parking lot because that was the first impression customers got when they arrived… It all adds up. All of those touch points people have with your product, your company, your brand, and these things are built upon your cumulative experiences in life. Comes down to #PRIDE and how you want to leave your mark on the world. File under ‘crazy founder rant.’ #startups #hustle #grind #entrepreneurship #business #details #shelbytv (at Cyberdyne Systems)

Growing up in my parents’ restaurant, my dad always used to say “Never come back to the kitchen empty-handed.” The idea being that a trip to the kitchen without bringing back some dirty dishes was a waste. It’s about efficiency. Well, fast forward however many years, and here I am, hitting a wall after however many hours in the office at my computer, so I decided to mop the floor of the hallway to our door because it’s been filthy for way too long and I couldn’t take it anymore. Figure if I can’t put my brain to work, I might as well use my body. Thing that bugs me is that this floor is this dirty at all, and that it’s been dirty for so long. Everyday when I walk in the office, I see it and say “ugh, I gotta get that cleaned” but it falls WAY down the priority list pretty quickly when you’re a startup trying to launch something “soon(ish)"… It’s easy to let mundane details fall way down the priority list in the name of "focus” but before you know it, those details, that debt, can come back to bite you in the ass… So many other lessons about pride, and taking care of details, and what it means to succeed from my youth/experiences are now coming to mind… From working at the local ice cream shop (before I was of legal age to work outside the family business) where I learned to mop floors - and “put your back into it!” - in the first place, to my mom making me pick up cigarette butts in the restaurant parking lot because that was the first impression customers got when they arrived… It all adds up. All of those touch points people have with your product, your company, your brand, and these things are built upon your cumulative experiences in life. Comes down to #PRIDE and how you want to leave your mark on the world. File under ‘crazy founder rant.’ #startups #hustle #grind #entrepreneurship #business #details #shelbytv (at Cyberdyne Systems)