I have never fired a gun. At least unless you count pellet guns at camp in middle school. Sure, I won minor marksmen awards for accuracy and consistency. Sure, I loved the feeling of loading up the tiny pellets and shooting them off one by one. I may have hung up the targets that had a few bulls-eyes in my room for a few months and looked on them as a source of pride. I guess, technically speaking, I was firing a weapon capable of maiming another person. I suppose if pressed, I could have seriously injured someone’s ability to have children or at the very least, lodged a piece of metal in their body. Even as I lined up those tiny pellets on the wood floor of the firing range facing the woods, I knew there was something to the process that made sense. Not the gun part, but the trigger part. I didn’t want the power of harming something else. I wanted to simply concentrate everything I had into a single action that would propel my intention forward with aim and untold force.
I performed that single action again today. Not with a gun, but with a job.
At the beginning of this year I said that I would start a new company.
Today I find my vision colliding with another.
Edmodo is where my vision met its equal. They started the startup that I have yearned for every day. They let me sit in on what it is like. They brought me into meetings where all contributions are counted. They implemented updates on the software as I talked about what it should look like. They listened.
And, I want to listen too. I will take all that I have learned in creating spaces for learning and collaboration and I will work for them because they will teach me how to craft the future. They are already working on it. And, I want to play in their playground. I want to get dirty and find out just how big we can make the intersection between networks and learning.
Today I pulled the biggest trigger of my life. The pellet now holds my future within it. As far as I can tell, it left the barrel straight and true. And as I watch it find its target, you can trust that I will be hanging up that bulls-eye for years to come.