Most likely this post will come off as a shameless plug for my good friends’ websites, startups and projects…so be it…they deserve it!
After spending a little time with one of my best friends and checking out his ridiculously hilarious, well written and random website Finding Wood (launches today might I add) something struck me as it sometimes does. I thought to myself: my friends group of friends are like no other group! I am proud to say that many of us bypassed the young professional martini sipping lifestyle for the young entrepreneur 12am tea drinking culture. I am excited to say that amongst my friends, unordinary has become ordinary.
I have grown through my 20’s along side the best friends a person my age could wish for. Yes we show each other nothing but support and love but far beyond that we never allow each other to settle. Each of us has sacrificed comfort and conventional success for our dreams (or at the very least what makes us happy). I am proud to have the friends I do and owe much of my current and future achievements to them.
Daniel: My best friend and constant supporter. This guy has backed me since the 2nd grade. I’ve never met a person more capable when he puts his finger on what he wants. I’ll always look up to Gip.
Kyle Rutty: His creativity scares me…literally. Someday you will see him on SNL, but for now you can find him at FindingWood.com. He has lived the classic story of becoming a special government agent only become a coffee shop literary samurai (but I’m sure you have heard that before).
Wafi: Waf is a friend that will never leave your side, even if you want him to. His knack for business and his ability to get things done impresses the hell out of me. He always seems to be doing something big…next month is is launching MyCollegeSpot.com.
D Man: Derek taught all my friends that education must be pursued far beyond school. Even better, real life education comes from investing in yourself and your business. He is responsible for teaching me about system based businesses.
Killa Cam: Cameron never settles. He lives life the way it is ought to be lived…whatever way he wants to. He has built CampusBooze.com up to be the main resource for thousands of college students trying to get drunk for cheap.
Austin- Every group of friends needs their Tim Ferriss. You know the guy that travels the world while building his startups? Ya that guy. He teaches the world how to do it at FullFoundation.com.
Sam- Sam will change the face of preventative health care. He better, I’ve listened to him talk about it for too long for him not to.
Cath– I have never met a college student with so much drive and vision. When I was her age I couldn’t see past Thursday nights in Downtown Santa Barbara. I am so proud to be her boyfriend!
Plus all my other great friends who are foolish like me….JC$, Javi @ StuVu.com, Max….the list goes on.
If I could recommend on thing for young folks right out off college, entrepreneurs or anyone trying to get the most out of life, it would be to surround yourself with abnormal people…they will help you live an abnormal life!