good life by devin pitcher
Part of cultivating a good life is having dreams.
Well, really it’s more than just having dreams…everyone has dreams. But we forget them or tuck them away somewhere. We go into survival mode and we can barely keep up with the demands of “right now.” That’s okay; we all do that. But don’t let it crowd out the things you really want.
If you feel stuck in a situation, don’t give up hope. Situations change in ways you don’t expect. When my wife and I were in college, I spent many years working in restaurants as a cook. I desperately wanted to get a job in the computer industry but only had experience in the food industry. After many rejections, I felt ready to give up. I was tired of being rejected and I was doubting whether I was really cut out for the computer industry. Finally one day, right before my senior year, my wife told me I had a job interview at the Space Dynamics Lab, a place I’d applied at I don’t know how many times. I hadn’t applied this time — she had applied for me without telling me. That job changed everything. I was excited to go to work everyday and excited for the future.
I’ve learned that I really have to believe in myself to get where I want to be, but it’s so nice to have others around you who believe in you. My wife has always been supportive of my crazy ideas. Usually it all makes sense in my head but sounds ridiculous coming out of my mouth. Even so, she encourages me to go for it. Seven years ago I convinced her that we should buy a little Mac Mini computer and an iPod Touch so I could develop an iPhone app. My argument was that the app would pay for itself. Well, it didn’t and neither did the next one, but with each failure I learned things. A few years and crazy ideas later, that investment did pay off.
Try not to miss opportunities that will get you closer to your dream even if the opportunity scares you to death. I’ve noticed my kids have no problem telling me when they’re scared to do something. I usually tell them that there’s nothing wrong with being afraid as long as it doesn’t stop them from doing what they really want to do. Leaving a good job to start my own business was one of those scared-to-death moments for me. It’s still scary at times, but I don’t regret it. I’m another step closer to my dreams.
Note from Becky
Would it be weird if I told you that I felt a bit weepy (and proud!) when I read Devin’s words for the first time? Devin means so much to our team and, of course, I relate so, so, so much to this message that he has shared. I am so very grateful that he has chased his dreams – and that his awesome wife encouraged him along the way – because that’s how we have been able to collaborate with Devin! Most of you may not realize who he is to us, so it’s important that I draw attention to the fact that Devin is our app developer. He is THAT guy who took our crazy app idea and made it a reality! So if you have and use and love the Project Life® app, well, you kind of want to give him a hug right now, right? We get it. ; )
Hooray for dream chasers bringing our worlds together to help others.