How can I help you to push the edge on what’s possible?

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In packing to move to my new home (3 weeks!!!) I stumbled over a pile of thank you notes I’ve gotten from student hackers & entrepreneurs that I’ve worked with (seriously, students are the best. Hand-written thank you notes! Who does that?!).

Thank you letters

And all these memories came flooding back…

I’ve been so crazy, over-the-top, fortunate to have been in roles at both Microsoft and Harvard Innovation Lab where my entire job was dedicated to helping hackers and entrepreneurs with their craft. With creating things that no one had ever created before and putting them out into the world to expand the realm of what is possible for all of us.

I honestly can’t think of anything more incredible.

Creating the world you want to live in

As I look forward to my whatever-is-next, I’m equal parts excited, fascinated, and terrified to do it on my own terms. To start all over from scratch and put together… something that’s designed specifically to help people push the edge on what’s possible.

To help people really create (because I think we’re all a little dead if we’re not creating) the clever and inventive and quirky and useful and wonderful things that I know every one of you has inside of yourself. And to help you share your creations with the world. Because that, I believe, is what makes the world such a colorful and beautiful place.

That is the world that I want to live in.

And, as my friend Ange Friesen (she’s amazeballs, you should check her out) says, “I want to create the world I want to live in.

Create amazing and share it with the world

I want to help techies, makers, creative folks who are looking to push the edge. To do more then you ever believed was possible. People who are looking to discover this unique creativity and inventiveness that you all have inside of you so that you can use these gifts to create amazing art/software/hardware/companies/whatever(!) and put them out into the world. To help you create the world that you want to live in.

I want to share what I’ve learned about innovation and creativity and getting out of your comfort zone to where the magic happens.

Where the Magic Happens

I want to help you to do things that equally fascinate, excite, and terrify you. And to help you make that leap from where you are today… to where you want to be.

I know I’ve talked about it before – but I am so inspired by this TEDx talk by Caroline McHugh called The Art of Being Yourself.

In the talk, Caroline is flashing all of these larger than life people up on the screen — Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Eleanor Roosevelt, The Dalai Lama.

And as these faces are flashing behind her she says, “What is it that all of these amazingly successful people have in common?”

“The ONLY thing they have in common… is that they have nothing in common.

These are people who’ve figured out how to use the unique gifts that the universe has bestowed on them.”

And our job, she says, is NOT to be better versions of them. Our job is to be as DIFFERENT from them as possible.

“Our ONLY job while we’re here on this planet is to be the best damn version of ourselves that we can be.”

How can I help you to CREATE with those gifts that the best damn version of yourself has to offer?

So this is what is keeping me up at night. Keeping me up when I realized “oh shit! It’s almost midnight and I haven’t done my post for today yet. What the hell am I going to write about?”

(side note – does anyone else’s level of profanity rise and fall with their level of excitement? I spoke to someone today who said I was a little “edgy” for them. By which, I realized, was his polite way of saying I was cussing too fucking much. oops)

And then I thought duh, cuz I’m not super smart sometimes.

I have YOUR bad ass selves. I don’t know how you guys have hung in with me through all of my ups and downs, but I love you all for it. You’re the ones that I want to be working with.

So… can I ask you a favor?

Would you tell me where YOU struggle when it comes to creating what you want to create?

And what can I do to help you to push the edge and do more than you ever believed was possible?

Reply in the comments below or, if you want to keep it on the down-low, you can tweet at me or shoot me an email (abby at hackerchick dot com).

Thank you thank you! You all rock! I will keep you posted as things unfold.