Thursday, May 17, 2012

No risk, no reward

I spend so many hours in front of this computer. I sit down at it from the moment I get up until I leave for work and then for a few hours after work when I get home at midnight. Sometimes, for a change of pace, I use the laptop in the living room. I'm on Facebook and Twitter interacting or reading articles on tech sites, news sites or other social networking sites. I'm writing articles on, videos on YouTube, blogs here, commentary around the web, essays on or editing and uploading photos to JayVig Photography or Flickr. Sometimes, I'm doing school work to finish up this degree. Sometimes, I'm learning something new like Adobe After Effects so now I know how to great 3D graphics and animations.

This is my thing. It always has been. I made a bunch of money doing this type of work for the New York Stock Exchange before. Now I serve my country's military doing the same thing. Before long, I'll be a civilian again and hopefully doing this type of technological and social work in the startup space, but maybe corporate America.

I know it seems like I'm constant posting something and you get bombarded with requests and links and updates and they all come from different places. Sometimes you have no idea what goes where. There's my regular Facebook profile and then fan pages for Vig the Geek, JayVig Media, JayVig Photography and now The Truth in Between. My updates come from Facebook directly or Tweetdeck or istatus+ or some other third-party post management application I use.

You don't know about all these things and they are named similarly (using the JayVig or Vig moniker somewhere in it) and you can't always tell the difference. Luckily, I don't even talk about Tech-City, which has taken a back seat to everything else these days.

On top of all these things I work my full time job. I have actually had people get annoyed at me for all my projects and say things like "Dude, enough is enough" or to someone else "how many businesses is he going to start?" So I ask you in return - Why is it enough? What is enough? and my answer to the other question is "as many as I damn well please."

I grew up with everything I needed, everything I wanted, and a little extra of each. Now I'm an adult and nobody is handing me stuff anymore. So I'm going to take it. I have lots of interests and lots of knowledge after 17 years in the computer/network/technology industry. There are lots of people out there with millions and some with billions of dollars. I don't care what anyone says about this economy - a ton of money is being spent on tech and I want all of it (or as much as I can get my hands on).

And why not? I want no hand outs. I work for it. I learn and try and take risks. The end result is that sitting on my ass without an education is not going to help rake in the dough and nobody is dropping duffle bags full of cash on my doorstep. This world is a big place with lots of cool shit to see and do, but it takes money.

I guess the point is that I understand the cliche of you can't lose what you don't put in the middle. That's why people don't gamble. There's no risk, but there's also no reward. Everything is a risk. You may get hit by a bus if you leave the house. You may break a leg playing baseball. Everything has a risk, just to different levels. Unmitigated risk is dangerous. I don't do that. I don't start a venture and put every penny I have into it.

I will keep drilling for oil on the web (that's my space) with project after project. I'll lose more than I make for a long time. Sooner or later, I will hit and when I do it's going to be big. I can say this with 100% certainty because I'll never stop until it's true. I'll make it true. So right now is the new web show. I want to turn the news and media industry on its ear. No more biased bullshit. We will not tolerate news without facts. Editorials are ok - opinions based on facts, but misreporting the story doesn't work. The Truth in Between will work on the facts. And it'll be big if I do it right. If not, I'll so something else.

No risk, no reward. You can play it safe if you want. That's not how I'm built. I want it all. Every dollar, opportunity, experience and location. I want to see, do, have, and know as much as possible. If someone mentions something in my industry and I can say "I have no idea about that at all, I've never heard of it" then I have failed. All the things I do teach me something and mitigate my risk a little at a time.

Be patient, participate and ignore me, but do not question me. It may not be for you, that's fine. There is no need to drag me down in the process though.

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