You’ll be pleased to learn that as of yesterday, I have a brand new phone: an iPhone 6S.
It’s by no means top of the line. But it is new and, unlike my old phone, fast, filled with extra capacity, and capable of running every app I want and need.
It’s also, I must say, a work of art.
Weighing just a hair over five ounces, and barely a quarter of an inch thick, holding it in your hand is like holding a warm ray of sunshine (assuming sunshine also has rounded edges and is made of glass and metal).
Of course, my new phone didn’t stay that way for long.
Because immediately after completing my purchase, I walked out the door of the Apple Store and directly over to the phone case kiosk in the mall.
Five minutes later, my beautiful, perfect, ray of sunshine was encased inside an Otterbox, an indestructible protective case within which my phone will live out the rest of its days, never again to be directly touched by man or beast.
But that’s just the way it works. We want our phones to stay safe, so everybody keeps them in a protective case.
Everybody, that is, except teenagers.
Walk up to the average teenager, ask to have a look at their phone and, immediately after they shut down the porn and hand it over, you’ll likely notice two things:
- They don’t have a case.
- The screen is cracked.
I used to think this meant they were careless and dumb (not that I am ruling that out in a more general sense).
But maybe, and unlike adults who are so concerned with what we might lose, teenagers are more interested in what they might gain.
What I mean is that while my phone is certainly safe in its case, it comes at a cost. I never fully experience it in the way I’m sure Steve Jobs intended: sleek, shiny, perfectly balanced in my hand.
The teenagers, on the other hand, do.
Sure, sooner or later, their screens will probably get damaged. But until then, they will enjoy a beautiful run of perfect, as-it-was-meant-to-be, iPhone days.
Working for yourself may not feel entirely safe either. Like a phone without a case, there’s a lot that can go wrong in a hurry.
But – and I think this is an important but – the experience is one hundred percent real, every single day.
There’s no boss, no irrelevant meetings, no mysterious company politics churning in the background that leave you wondering what might happen (or what just did happen).
There’s just you and your expertise, looking for ways to package it, price it, explain it, and sell it to enough people who are willing to buy it.
Scary? Some days.
But scary or not, once you’ve been out here breathing the fresh air for a while, there’s no way you’ll ever let somebody put you back inside that phone case.
- Do you have sunshine in your pocket?
- Please don’t send me pictures.
- Does your phone have a case? Why or why not?
- How do you handle those scary, “maybe I should get a job again” days?
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