Now, I realize that in the grand scheme of things, this revenue number is very small, and so is our team. The impact we have been able to make thus far hasn’t come close to closing the gap that exists out there – one that we simply can’t close alone. But I believe we have created a foundation upon which we can continue to build, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it all goes.
When I say “we,” I mean my co-founder and wife, Becky Jones, who left her career at Amazon exactly one year after I left Tableau to become COO. I also mean Megan Hanno, who stepped away from her responsibilities as community manager at Industrious HQ to run operations for us, which entails wearing too many hats to count. And I mean amazingly talented contractors and vendors like Anna-Maria Steverson & Susan Gracia who lead live training courses, Mike Sayenko of Sayenko Design whose team built and maintains our website, Kelsey O’Donnell who has provided excellent design input all along, Lorie DeWorken of Mind the Margins who has produced all of our books to date, Caleb Mattingly at Secured Cloud Innovations who helped us build infosec policies and procedures so we can grow securely, and so many others.
We are self-funded, but we are not only self-motivated. We are motivated by the tens of thousands of people who have taken our courses and bought our books and joined our webinars and follow our social accounts. We are motivated by others in the data literacy movement like Valerie Logan of The Data Lodge and the dynamic duo of Allen Hillery and Sarah Nell-Rodriguez of Be Data Lit and Courtney Totten who runs Academic Programs at Tableau, and many others who are nudging and pushing us all forward.
Life is interesting, though, isn’t it? When we’re focused on one thing, other things tend to happen, and our perspective can shift very quickly. In this book, I share those personal details that weren’t just part of the origin story of this business, they were the main plot. Wedding bells, cancer, Parkinson’s, a pandemic. When those dramatic life moments and major world events unfold, our careers can seem very small and insignificant. Keeping momentum can be a challenge, and sometimes things can grind to a complete halt.
Thankfully, in spite of some tough challenges, we have been able to keep things moving. In this book, I share some of the lessons I learned along the way, and I share some of the sources of wisdom that guided me step by step. There have been plenty of missteps, and plenty of errors, but that’s life, and that’s how we grow. If you’re looking to take a big leap in your life, I hope you pick up a copy of this book, and I hope that it helps you in some small way.