Today is my 2 year Anniversary in LA.
Days like today are life’s unofficial mile-markers for me, they are moments that cause me to reflect on who I’ve become to do what I’ve done.
Living in LA is an experiment that continues, though it feels less and less like an experiment as time goes on.
The rate of change over the last 12 months has actually increased compared to my first year here. The fact that it doesn’t feel like it speaks to the change that I’ve undergone.
Salt Lake City forged me. It taught me the basics: discipline, precision execution, relentless resourcefulness, and that authoritative indifference breeds the best kind of opportunities. It taught me to me how to strive for greatness under duress.
LA is a different kind of fire. It takes as given that I know the basics and is teaching me something far more ethereal: the patience, balance and panache necessary to be the kind of person who can move mountains. It is teaching me to not *need* duress in order to strive greatly.
This extends far beyond business: LA has made me a more complete person. You can’t be in LA for more than 48 hours and not feel different. The collective, cultural sense of possibility and diversity is as easily absorbed by your pores as the sun-kissed sea breeze.
My parents stayed with me last weekend. It was the first time they got to see the life I’ve built for myself here. As I showed them places I first visited when I was trying to get here or after I had just arrived, I got to bathe in the fact that I’ve pretty much accomplished everything I dreamed about doing here.
Honestly, it’s sort of scary, because a part of me keeps waiting for the other shoe to drop. We are so used to things not going our way that it becomes - for many of us - a default reaction when we seriously consider going after what we really want. But when I think about the fact that I am not the sole author of what’s happened to me over the last 2 years, I’m grateful and relieved. To paraphrase Laird Hamilton: I’m only now arriving at this level because my community is driving me to get here.
And in the end, that’s what LA is really trying to teach me: that life is a blank canvas and getting what you want out of it is about getting the basics down, making the hard choices and - most importantly - surrounding yourself with a community that will co-author your victories.