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  • Trying to expand close social circle to include more like minded individuals (33M)

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  • Margaret

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    September 26, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    If this isn’t the correct thread to post this, then please forgive me. Figured I’d give it a shot since it’s geared towards entrepreneurship and growth in general. ​ TL;DR: Looking to meet more like minded people and develop closer relationships. Eventually find a best friend to help push/motivate each other, and maybe future business partner. ​ The title says it all. I have always felt like I couldn’t relate to my friends at a deeper level in regards to what we want out of life. My friends are perfectly happy/comfortable with their jobs, playing video games everyday after work, and basically just coasting through life (I would call this normal). I love them, but I never could relate to this. I have always had a very strong entrepreneur spirit/energy about me, and have always made learning and growth a top priority. I know in the next 2-5 years, I want to own my own company, and I have a path to get there with ideas. ​ The purpose of this post is to expand my social circle and network a little bit. I am a 33M working professional located in Oregon (more details about me at the end of this post). I would say long term the perfect outcome for me would be to create a closer group of like minded friends, and potentially find a best friend/business partner at some point. I am not in a rush to jump into anything quickly, I am just looking to make friends and start conversations about dreams and what our best lives look like. Basically people I can help motivate, and vice versa. I currently join meetups in my area, but am always looking for different channels to find new friends. If you’ve made it this far, let me give you a little background about myself…. ​ My name is Nick, and I am a 33M working professional living in Oregon. I was with my last company for over 8 years. It was a very small startup located in the Bay Area California (where I’m originally from) that was geared towards making software to help scientists with oncology research. Our software was so flexible that it was used in the Pfizer Covid vaccines trials, something that I’m very proud of. I have been pretty much every role throughout the software development life cycle while at that company. I used to work with kids before that in my early 20’s, and decided I wanted a career that I could be proud of and support myself. I learned programming on the side (python, I didn’t go to college), and I got a job as a QA Engineer as my first role. I got close with the offshore development team, and became a Product Owner, then a Developer, and then finally an Engineering Manager, which was basically all my previous roles plus the responsibility of managing the engineering team (anyone who’s worked at a startup can relate to the many hats environment). I found I have a knack for leadership and building relationships with people. I had to make a few executive level decisions that essentially determined the fate of the company. I ended up leaving that company because a few people were hired above me in leadership roles that knew nothing about our domain or business, and were making decisions in a vacuum that was jeopardizing the company and the people working there (they’re friends with the current CEO). I’m grateful for my experience at that company, because I got to see how businesses work on pretty much every level (obviously still learning, always have a student mindset), but more importantly, what works and what doesn’t. ​ Onto more personal interests and who I am at my core… ​ I am someone who would give the shirt off his back for someone else. Generosity, Compassion and Empathy has always come naturally to me, and that’s something that I really love about myself. However, it’s gotten me into trouble in the past. I tend to see the good in everyone, and sometimes I just expect people will eventually do the right thing. Being able to walk away from situations that I know aren’t healthy for me is something that I wished I learned a decade ago, but I’m happy that I finally understand that sometimes, you just need to walk away. Being able to walk away and mean it is the strongest negotiating tactic in business and life in general. Math, Science and History has always peaked my interest. I love reading and am always looking for new suggestions. Spirituality has become an important subject for me the last year. I very much believe in the power/energy of the universe. The universe and everything in it will treat you exactly how you want to be treated deep down. I play guitar daily, and am always looking to expand my song pool. I recently got back into playing ice hockey, and I forgot how much I love the sport. However, I need to maybe play some no contact games because I’m definitely not getting younger :). I have a never give up/whatever it takes attitude, and have always had a deep down belief that everything is going to work out. I call this my eternal flame, and I credit it to getting me through major adversity in the past. ​ There’s a lot more to me and I’ve only scratched the surface. If you’re interested in adding another friend to your life, feel free to DM me. I’m very excited/optimistic about the future, and a big part of that is surrounding myself with people I can relate to and help promote their best selves. Take care and Namaste. ​ Favorite quotes: ​ “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi “Throw me to the wolves, and I will return leading the pack” – Seneca “What defines someone as a ‘man’ should not be the clothes they wear or how deep their voice is. It should be the content of his character, his strength in the face of overwhelming adversity, and his ability to still love and help others when the world has turned its back on him.” – Karamo Brown – by /hq/RealPrinceZuko – –

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