Evolving where your home is

This post was originally sent on the Point Letter.

Sure, home is where the heart is. I needed to say that first just to get it out of the way, but the past 10 days I’ve learned that defining what home is can’t simply be done by putting the person you love in it. Home is mostly about memories, but there is more to it. Home is about comfort. Home is about knowing that everything has a place. Home is about having a nest for you to recharge for the day ahead.

About 10 days ago Paige and I moved into our new home. We’re first time homeowners.

This has been both an exciting and a stressful journey. We’ve been in the home for nearly two weeks and to be honest – it doesn’t feel like home yet. But that statement isn’t as bad as it sounds, don’t worry, there are no regrets. I’m learning that defining what my home is doesn’t happen over night. I spent the last five years in Downtown Sioux Falls lofts and the last three in the same 975 sq foot apartment. None of that is similar to a quiet home in a nice neighborhood. But the real lesson here is much greater.

We need to continue to evolve where your home is.

Home is about comfort and memories, but creating more memories and redefining what comfort means is about stretching ourselves and pushing our boundaries. To experience new things and evolve as people we need to step outside our comfort zone. The awkwardness and unfamiliarity forces us to adapt, to adjust, to look at situations and problems in a new way. When we’re thrown into this discomfort we find strengths and ideas we didn’t know we had.

I’m not saying you need to buy a new house every five years, that’s just silly. But whether it’s the physical place you call home, new paint in the kitchen, a vacation for the week away from home, or simply reorganizing the bedroom, evolving home is a good thing.

Growing pains can hurt, but they’re always worth it in the end.

Small changes can mean big improvements


When you think big, you tend to overlook the 1-percent changes. Sometimes, they make things just a little better. Other times, the results are astounding.

The most powerful innovation happens incrementally. Finding and implementing 1-percent improvements requires experimenting and active learning, but with the right processes in place, you can reap invaluable benefits from small changes.

I recently did a guest post on Entrepreneur.com and revealed a few methods entrepreneurs can use to locate and test small improvements that will make a substantial long-term impact. Let me know what you think.

Home is where the heart is


I love cheesy sayings like that.

This is a new site I’ve been sitting on for awhile. If you’ve ever read any of my stuff or followed my projects you’ve probably thought two things:

  1. He has a lot of crazy ideas and does a lot of projects
  2. But wait he writes about focus and productivity and preaches that less is more

Both of these statements are true and contradictory. I’m working on it. The first step is acceptance right?

Over the course of my now five years as an entrepreneur I’ve tried a lot of things. I’ve launched blogs, tested projects, and started companies. I’ve had tons of successes and even more failures, but most importantly I’ve made mistakes and learned from them. I now feel like I’m working on chapter two of my entrepreneurial journey. I know I have a long way to go but it’s time to dial in. It’s time to focus and become more lean and mean. I preach it nearly every day with the Point Letter and if I’m going to talk the talk, I want to walk the walk.

This site is meant to be a homebase. A place to aggregate and say here is what I’m working on. A place to ask for help, gather opinions, and share lessons learned. Every day I figure out how to make my company better. Every week I write about focus and productivity. Often I blog on Medium, share articles on Twitter, or guest post across the web, but I needed a place to put my thoughts down – this is it.

Whether you read, comment, follow, or simply ignore it’s all good. This is my home.