Why aren’t you in college?

Alright, so I’m a straight A student.. only had 2 B’s my entire life, and I asked for them ‘cuz I felt I didn’t deserve an A. When I started Junior College I was at the very top of all my classes and I loved it. The college environment was awesome, even at just 17 I was soaking it all in and, though it was a lot of work, having the time of my life.

… So why am I not in college now?

Because I do not believe, for where I am in life, and for the opportunities availible to me, that college is my best option.

Think about that.. college is supposed to be the land of opporunity. Just what else IS there? Well.. that’s where the problem is.

So many of the young people I talk too think college is all there is.

Don’t get me wrong, college has a ton of great opportunities and I have NOT ruled out attending over the next few years. Probably the biggest reason for me would be the socializing.. not just for fun but to be around people who were highly motivated like me and have what it takes to make a difference, in business, in relationships, in life. On top of that, I’m very interested in learning more about some of the Entrepreneurial Degrees they offer. I’ve heard about them, but not much more than that.

So, what’s better than college?

Well, for me the answer has been being a full-time entrepreneur. The experiences that I’ve had in the past 8 months have been more powerful than most of my life put together. I’ve had to step completely outside of all my comfort zones and really take a look at who I am. I’ve been very fortunate in my circumstances.. People have taken in me without having ever met me. They’ve opened their homes to me and given me the freedom run my businesses. In return, I help them in anyway I can, whether it be web design, technical help, business, cleaning houses, or just about anything.

The experiences I’ve had you just cannot GET anywhere else! I’ve met so many people, from so many different backgrounds. The feeling that you get, standing in a train station in the middle of nowhere, with all your belongings in tow and no real clue about what’s happening next, is QUITE a feeling. Its definitely not for everyone, but for where I am right now in life, it works for me :).

So, I’m down here in LA. I have about a month left and a TON of work to do. Gosh, its insane how much I have to do.. :P. Word of advice for the rest of you entrepreneurs out there, and people in general, don’t take on too much! I mean that! Sure, easier said than done, I know.. but take it seriously! I have over SEVEN different projects, each just as important as the next and each ONE of them could take up all of my time. I’d hate to see where I would be if I wasn’t a master of time management ;).

So, I’m at a very important part in my life. What I do here in LA will affect a lot of what happens next. I have a website to build that is more challenging than ANYTHING I’ve ever done.. no wait.. I have a BUNCH of websites to build :P. And through all that, there are businesses to run, projects to keep rolling, and a personal life to take care of.. yeah, can’t forget that ;).

Now.. if I went to college.. things would be easier..

I would have a nice daily routine.. and I wouldn’t have to worry about business! Sure, you can run a business in college.. but its just not the same. You’re in a much more ‘relaxed’ atmosphere.. you don’t HAVE to take business seriously. If I was in college, I would be letting things slide.. and I would have a GREAT excuse, I’m learning ;).

Well, I’m learning now :).

And I’m also getting very tired.. hehe.. so off to bed I go and I have a BIG day tomorrow! Going to be working on the Youthcove newsletter!

Ahh, and while you’re here, be sure to check out some new blogs! Check out The Joshua Tree, which is the daily updated blog of my good friend Josh Garofalo, who boxes and builds websites on the side ;).

And be sure to check out my good friend Scott’s blog as well!

Goodnight world! :)

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

Takin’ it easy.. taking a nice nap, spending time with my girl, and after sundown, taking care of a bunch of client stuff.

Side effects of sleeping in

So its 2 in the morning, and I’m still awake. In the backround, some classical music hums quietly through my speakers. A dull glow illuminates Los Angeles.. hmm..

What brings a homeschooler to Los Angeles?

Homeschooler? Yeah.. that’s me. Just another sheltered homeschooler ;).

I’ve talked with many many people about homeschooling. They are interested in my experiences and, more often than not, are quick to offer advice. It could be anything from, “Ohh you poor thing, you need to get out more! be with people!”.. too.. “you’re crazy’. Yeah, I get that last one a lot..

So, lets talk about the first. According to the ‘norm’, as a homeschooler, I should NOT be able to handle myself in public. I should shy away from any contact with ‘outsiders’ and any chance I have to be outgoing should be squashed by my extreme sense of insecurity. I shouldn’t be comfortable meeting new people and I certainly shouldn’t be running businesses that require any sort of contact with the ‘outside’.

The solution, as offered, is that I desperately needed public school. I needed a dose of real life, I need to be given a taste of what the real world has to offer.

Hmmm..

Well. I can’t tell you what I would be like if I had gone to public school.. except that I would be completely different. How do I know that? Well.. I wouldn’t have had nearly the time I did back when I got ‘started’ on the internet.. I wouldn’t have met the people I met.. I probably wouldn’t have had a real interest in business.. and I wouldn’t have such a strong desire to be with ‘people’.

Yeah, homeschooling did that to me..

Instead of sending me running into a corner, I want to be out there, I want to be around people. I decided long ago I wouldn’t cut it as a programmer or anything that required long hours in front of a computer or desk.. I have to be out with people.. interacting, enjoying, learning..

Now, I’m not putting down public school. I don’t agree with a lot of what goes on in our systems, particularly here in America, yet I’m not putting them down. Just like my position on college education, I feel that more often than not peopel shirk their responsibility to truly research and know what their options are. For some, public school may be EXACTLY the environment they need.

I have seen homeschoolers who just aren’t social.. and I’ve seen public schoolers the exact same way. (I’m lumping private on in with the public schoolers, forgive me ;).. For me, homeschooling was the environment that I needed. There are definitely things I would do over if given the chance.. I believe I wasted a lot of opporunity while I was younger and given the chance, I would relive that. However, I don’t have the chance :). What I do have is today.

Hmm.. and that’s just about that. Where did all that come from? Well, I tell ya.. this is what happens when you’re up at 2 in the morning ;). Feel free to add in your thoughts and comments, I’ll be writing more on this as time passes.

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

sleeping in.. wait.. that’s not an action step.. uhmm.. waking up :).. and.. getting youthcove back online ;).

8 hours of CSS

My eyes hurt.. I’ve decided that, no matter what, I’m going to go play basketball tomorrow. The fresh air and excersise will do me a LOT of good.

I’ve been able to do a lot of awesome stuff on the computer these past few days, but uhh.. gotta make sure I’m taking good care of myself. When I look away from the computer and its still there (ok, its not THAT bad).. that’s bad ;).

I had some trouble with my blog the other night, so it didn’t show up until this morning, though I made sure it was written ;).

So I got up this morning, and after a cold shower, worship, and some time catching up on some emails, going over some plans with my partner Matt Geri, and cleaning my room, I was ready to get rolling!

I originally had only set aside 2 hours for reading about and learning CSS. I went into primetime ‘mode’, in which I don’t allow any distractions, and I read. I read.. and I kept on reading.. and then I started doing research. I began looking all over the internet.. up and down.. high and low.. Looking for all the information I could find on CSS..

..and boy, did I find it!

Oh, and for those of you who don’t yet know what CSS is.. it stands for Cascading Style Sheets. Its a way of controlling layout (the stuff that you see) on a webpage. Its a sort of ‘new’ thing in the web design world.. not actually new, but only recently taking on a widespread appeal. Most webpages are design using something called tables, which contro the appearance of content on the page. CSS eliminates the need for tables, which can cause all sorts of problems, and instead, frees up the webpage to display as it should, to load fast, and to be compatible on all sorts of levels with your visitors computers.

I have a LOT of work ahead of me, and I’m going for a mastery of the CSS language. Matt is also looking at CSS with a renewed interest and will probably be joining me!

The whole idea here is..

I’m continuing my education. Instead of just sitting back and going off of what I know, I’m learning new things. I’m learning things that are going to make a difference in the way that I sell web design and in the way that I deliver web design. It’ll allow me to provide an even greater level of high quality service for my customers :).

Speaking of which, I FINALLY made some updates to my web design business site at blueflamedg.com! Yeah, its about 2 days old but still new far as this blog is concerned. I’m excited that I finally got something done! Since all of our business so far has been word of mouth, Matt and I have lacked the motivation to really do much with Blueflame. Now, with my renewed interest in web design, I’ll be throwing my hat back in the ring and stepping things up!

Its exciting :).

In other news, Youthcove.com, my community for young entrepreneurs, recently passed 8000 posts and 1500 threads! I’m very proud and I look forward to our one year anniversary! It also reminds me of just how much there is still left to DO!

I’ve got 4 days, as of tomorrow, till the next Youthcove newsletter goes out.. yikes.. I better get busy ;).

I’ve also got a website to deliver!

Alright, tomorrow’s another day.. Time to tell my girlfriend goodnight and off to bed I go! Goodnight world!

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

8 hours on CSS!

Wake up and sore eyes

First of all.. today was a business wake up call. Second.. I have very sore eyes ‘cuz its past midnight and I was supposed to be in bed a LONG time ago. Things just didn’t quite work out for me..

I began the day on fire. Got a BUNCH of stuff done in the early morning. I worked on Amae’s site, then moved on, finishing things off on my list left and right.. around 2 or so I had lunch and kept on rolling.

..then it started happening.

I began to run out of things to do. Restlessness set in.. I felt I wasn’t accomplishing things. There was so much that could still be done and I wasn’t doing it.

So time went on. My girlfriend came on and we talked for awhile.. I tried to explain what I was going through and didn’t make much sense of it. Looking back now, it was all pretty silly.. and she was absolutely awesome about it. She supported me, even though I wasn’t thinking straight.. she let me know that she loved me and that she knew I’d figure it out. Then she gave me time to work.

A few hours had passed since the feelings had started.. that restlessness.. that feeling of unsatisfication. Now my girlfriend had just left and I was feeling different.. I felt this energy surging through me.. I didn’t know WHAT to do but I had to do something..

Then I was talking to Derek, my partner in Hostingfrog. He was asking me questions about Hostingfrog which I wasn’t able to answer.. even down to the simple ones like.. ‘who is our audience?’.. I realized that I didn’t have the vision. I realized that I had many of the pieces figured out, but I didn’t have the vision!

This completely woke up me.. how could I not have figured this stuff out? I have a responsibility here and, despite my best intentions, I’d been slacking! This is my business and its time I started treating it like one.

So, I busted out a new word document and began writing. 6 pages later I stopped and took it to paper.. I wrote.. wrote.. and kept writing.. Its about an hour or so later now and I’m just finishing this journal up.. My girlfriend got online to check up on me and I realized that she was getting sick. She hadn’t been feeling well for a few days now, but I hadn’t made the connection. Now she has a really nasty cold, and she hadn’t told me anything about it.. She said she knew I’d stop working if I knew.. mmm =\.

That really takes a lot.. and now I’m ashamed for not having picked up on it, and amazed that she wouldn’t say anything. She wanted to make sure that I kept things going and that I got things done.. She’s been my strongest support, never doubting me, always being there, always lifting me up. Without her, I wouldn’t be writing this today. I thank God for her, and not nearly enough.

Remember those who mean the most to you.. the ones that you take for granted. They’re always there for you.. they love you and they support you.. don’t forget them! Let them KNOW how much you care.. take care of them. When everything else goes crashing around you, they’re still there.. they know you.. they won’t give up on you.

Alright.. time for this tired young man to get some rest.. got another huge day tomorrow. I just finished my ‘master list’.. and I’m good to go!

Goodnight world :)

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

Realizing how important the people in my life are.. and how much I still have to do.