I made a list…

No one goes through life without help or learning from the people that came before us, the people who came with us, or the people who came after us. Not a single person.

I’m a firm believer in the idea that you can learn something from everyone, even if it means learning who you don’t want to be.

I used to like the idea of using the phrases “self-taught” or “self-made”. I can’t remember specifically where or when I might have used them in conversation either online or elsewhere, but I’m sure I did at some point.

It appealed to me because I felt like it implied a person took their own initiative to learn rather than sitting in classrooms being handed information. Over time, my feelings toward this phrase have shifted to seeing it under a far less positive light, arrogant really.

When I saw this clip of Steve, it really put the nail in the coffin for that phrase.

Today I turn 32 years old.

Today I’m officially launching a business.

Say ‘Hello’ to The Kerrminator LLC

The Kerrminator LLC website screenshot

I didn’t get here as a “self-taught” entrepreneur. I got here the same way anyone else does, by learning from the people around me. Being taught is not an activity reserved exclusively to traditional classrooms. We learn in so many different ways and life is and always was our primary “classroom.”

This month I took some time to make a list of everyone from my lifetime that has had some kind of impact on me (that I can think of – forgive me if I missed a few, I’m old now lol). No matter how big or small the impact, or long ago the interaction, or brief the encounter, their name is listed here.

The list consists of everyone from my parents and family to comedians and musicians to kids I knew growing up.

Some have taught me what kind of person I want to be, some taught me who I don’t want to be, some taught me skills, some taught me facts, some taught me patience, some taught me resilience, some taught me humor, some I’ve never met, some I’ve known all my life, and some were hard to type, but they all got me to where I am.

Thank you, all.