The Moment You Realize You Can’t Do Everything Yourself

I recently went on a trip to my hometown in New Jersey, and visited New York City for a little bit while I was there. Before I left, I reread a post I published during one of my last trips to the city in 2012 and it left with me with some mixed feelings.

It’s a great feeling to know that you’re in control of something; to have a clear path and a next step. When I wrote that post in 2012, I knew exactly what I was doing.

But reading that post today in 2014, as a much different person in a completely different place in my entrepreneurial journey, I realized I don’t have that same confidence I used to have about my future. There’s a lot of uncertainty, especially with the new direction I’m taking my business.

I have a million and one ideas for how I can provide value to you and your business, but I’m still trying to piece these ideas together and see what the bigger picture is for myself. The clearer that vision becomes, however, one thing stands out that I’m excited I’ve finally accepted:

I can’t do it alone.

From the stresses and burnouts I’ve gone through throughout my career, the thing that’s always remained constant is that I’ve been trying to take on too much with too little or no help.

Some evil little inner voice has always told me that if I didn’t do everything myself, it wouldn’t be right and I’d never be satisfied. I let my pride get so much in the way that I wouldn’t get much done even though I knew exactly what I needed to do.

Mixing perfectionism and that kind of egotistical pride is not the way to build an innovative business with a booming community. That’s exactly what I want to build here at Kolakube, and I know the only way to do it is to become a better leader and be more collaborative.

I have the ideas. I have the skills. I have the drive.

Now I have some freakin’ help.

Welcoming Chris Langille to the Kolakube Team

Chris Langille KolakubeChris Langille and I have been friends for a while, and are currently working together on a big client project. During a Skype conversation the other day, he made an offer that put everything into perspective for me.

He told me he’d quit the web design agency he was starting up if he could be apart of Kolakube.

It blew my mind that someone as talented in design, business smart, and so passionate about the work he does wanted to bring all of that here with me on Kolakube. I didn’t even have to think about it, because I knew how perfect a fit he’d be here.

If you’re unfamiliar with Chris’ work, let me blow your mind too and tell you a little about him:

Over the past few years Chris has been designing everything from logos, to websites, and even designing premium WordPress themes. He has quickly built impressive demand for his services throughout the WordPress community.

In fact, right after our conversation about joining Kolakube, he got another job offer right after. I guess I got lucky. :D

Chris will bring a few different things to the table as it relates to design and business, and we’ll be working together on various projects and upcoming theme designs here at Kolakube that you guys will absolutely love.

Chris has an extensive background in business planning, branding, and marketing, so you’ll see tons of great content being published here at Kolakube to help you, an upcoming entrepreneur, build a smarter and more personable business.

Go ahead and give Chris a follow on Twitter, and be sure to check out some of his past work. The dude is the real deal, I promise you that.

So What’s Next?

Kolakube Blog Schedule

Kolakube has been in a transition process for a little while now, so I’m happy to announce that you’ll be hearing from us a lot more frequently starting next Monday.

Chris and I will kickstart all of this by blogging every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We’ll be talking about entrepreneurship, blogging, personal branding, and tying it all back into design.

During that time, I’ll be working on reinventing Kolakube’s flagship product, Marketers Delight, into a standalone WordPress theme with some powerful plugins to go with it.

I’d love to hear what you think, and answer any questions you have about these moves. Leave a comment below, and be sure to welcome Chris! We’ll read every comment, and reply back to you.

Until then, we’ll see you Monday with a new blog post!

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