I’ve been really fortunate to meet great people in my life who have taken time out of their busy schedules to hear me out and give me advice. I’m forever grateful for these friends and mentors, and really there’s nothing I could ever “give” in return. When I offer to help in return, the response is usually “just pay it forward.”

One problem: I’m on the bottom rung of the ladder… how could I pay it forward?

Turns out I’m wrong. It’s not necessarily about age or success as it is about experience. I’m no expert or certified life coach, but I’ve survived long enough to have a couple good stories and I can at least provide a few data points of my own.

Recently, a few friends have reached out for advice and I’ve been happy to help - anything to help them avoid the mistakes I’ve made anyway! Here’s a sample from the last few weeks… 

  • A friend who wants to get better at connecting with people/building relationships. 
  • A buddy who was badly burned by the startup game, but is determined to jump back in.
  • My new roommate Nick, who just finished school, is interning at a startup in NYC, trying to navigate who’s who and make the most of it.
  • My pal Nate, a senior in high school from my hometown who is learning to code and working on a startup business for his senior project.
  • And my new friend Farrell, a ‘10 grad stuck at a horrible job and eyeing the NYC startup community because she’s a hustler who wants the ball in her control when it’s crunch time. She just started a blog - check it out.

I wouldn’t be where I am without the help of a lot of people along the way. Again, for that I am forever grateful and let this be one of many, many times that I pay it forward.

And if you’re looking for someone to talk with, I’m happy to listen. Feel free to schedule it via my Ohours.