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The Sun Is Not The Center Of The Universe…

Sunday, November 25th, 2007
Posted in Joel by Joel Gross

I am.

And shut up, I know the sun is not the center of the universe, but of our galaxy. It sounds better my way.

I hated growing up and being virtually powerless to control the world around me. Authority figures and I have never gotten along well, mostly because I’m a stubborn ass and KNOW that my way is the only right way. As a kid, many other people had direct control over my life; my parents, teachers, grandparents, along with a host of others and I hated it. It is a terrible thing to understand the world better than many of the people who control your destiny. My grandpa always told me that when I grew up I would discover that other people (meaning him) were right about what I should do. He did have tons of good advice that I ended up taking, but I always picked and choosed and determined for myself what I thought was right and stuck to it. The times I have been the most angry and depressed in my life were the times when I was forced to abide by rules and ideas that I disagreed with.

Living on my own and making all of my own decisions since I left my grandparents house for college has been heaven. The only thing to hold me back from accomplishing my goals is myself. I am happier now than I have ever been and am proud of the choices that I have made. I love the lifestyle I have; I eat the best food, go fun places, have my own place and pick who I spend my time with. In my current job as a Business Analyst, I have been learning a lot about how to get a start up running and what works and what doesn’t. I am going to be building and launching my own product at the company starting now and should gain tons more invaluable experience. In the not to distant future, I will be getting my own company really kicked and off, though I have also been contemplating getting an MBA or trying to rapidly leapfrog up the corporate ladder.

I believe that there are only a few things about my life currently that I would change. I need to find ways to make myself more disciplined, find a cheaper apartment and get a roommate (preferably my girlfriend), learn more recipes and get into top physical form. Mostly though, I am happier than I have ever been and my prospects look excellent for continued improvement.