The San Francisco Question
San Francisco asks one especially tricky question: Are you doing what you love?
When i was in Eugene i got into a long and heated argument with one of our larger hammocks customers who was upset about our prohibition on them selling thru Amazon and Walmart. At the end of the conversation Abigail asked “How as that for you?” After some brief reflection i replied “i have one of those conversations a month, many of my peers from college have those conversations all day long. They make 6 figures for doing that work, i am willing to have one conversation a month like that for the rest of my lucky life style.”
But it is not completely true. One of the things that this trip to San Francisco has taught me is that i need to be initiating more things. Talking with Kyle at the Feyboy Mansion got me excited about being a community creator, even if they were not places i would live. They are exploring buying land and creating a radical faery event space and commune. It was clear early in the conversation that i could be of assistance to them. Especially since they were not looking at the classical community start up problems (like a lack of cash) but instead had investors eager to support them, they had the high class problem of design and donor relations.
And i am still more than toying with the idea of starting community in this area, a net zero, income sharing, consensus decision making and transparency based communication model for maintaining personal relationship. i dont know if these will be the values of the other pioneers who i work with, but each of these ideas/philosophies has some compelling aspect.
It has been good for me to sell hammocks. It has both sharpened some of my skills and reminded me about the world that i dont really live in (despite being breed for Babylon). i am happy there has been a positive contribution from my skills to the communities economic needs. However, in the odd internal calculus i do, the community does not need my support in generating income as much as the movement needs my particularly pushy style in getting new community initiatives off the ground.
What also feels true is that i personally will enjoy initiating these next projects more myself. So listen to San Francisco and if you are not saying yes, do something new.