Ten years ago today, I started working at youth specialties. This is, by far, the longest I’ve stayed one place in my life. And it’s such a perfect fit for me, I can so easily imagine another ten (or twenty) years.
I will never forget the day yaconelli called me (more than 11 years ago now), and said, “um, I want to talk to you about coming to run my company. I don’t know what that would look like, or even if you’re interested. But I thought I’d rather process it with you, rather than without you knowing, if your willing.”
It’s been quite a ride, and there are still days when I feel totally over my head. I’ve learned so stinkin’ much, and am stoked to find out what I’ll learn in the months and years to come.
On my first anniversary at ys, mike and karla yaconelli took jeannie and I out for dinner. They took us to jerod’s – their favorite steak joint in san diego (which doesn’t exist anymore). It was in the lower stern of a large paddlewheel boat in the san diego bay. But that night, they reserved the wheel house at the top of the boat, and it was our own private dining room. They gave us a nice bottle of wine that night also: a 1996 cakebread cab. We’ve saved it all these years, and plan on uncorking it tonite in honor of these ten wonderful years, and in memory of yac.
Lots of good years to come; but sometimes it’s important to look back.