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Thirty Five

Much like last years popular Thirty Four, here are thirty five things I’ve learned in thirty five years.

  • You may think the lead guitarist is the bad-ass in the band, but you’d be wrong. It’s the bass player.
  • If you were to drop off the face of the earth tomorrow, the people who call looking for you, those are your real friends.
  • There are statistics everyone chases no matter what industry you are in. Stop sweating it.
  • It’s actually not that bad getting 80% of your protein from beans and legumes.
  • Shipping is infinitely harder than ideating.
  • Hiring employee(s) is incredibly difficult. Oh hi person whose entire livelihood is in my hands. Nice to meet you.
  • Shoes can really make an outfit. You can never have too many.
  • Scotch is really good.
  • Friday Night Lights is not about football.
  • The smartest thing you can do is to surround yourself with people smarter than you.
  • No one really knows the “right way” to do it. We’re all just faking it.
  • Stressing about doing it the “right way” is what makes you better at “it”.
  • Find someone who will tell you what sucks about your work. Make friends with them.
  • Guns ‘N’ Roses will likely never reunite.
  • Yes, Netflix lost a million customers. But they still have north of 20 million PAYING customers. You should buy their stock.
  • Giving is perhaps one of the biggest gifts you can give to yourself.
  • The Audi R8 is a machine to be reckoned with.
  • Lying to your kids about Santa Claus is incredibly easy to do. Suckers.
  • Every decent domain name is taken. If you spend six figures on one, be sure to do something cooler than
  • Disconnecting helps you to really connect.
  • Gray hair is like getting highlights. Except it doesn’t cost you $200 every 3 months.
  • Textmate 2 was renamed to Sublime Text 2.
  • It takes great discipline to know when enough is enough.
  • We’re all chasing the same thing (love), whether you know it or not.
  • There is never anything positive on the evening news. Puppy drowns, more at eleven.
  • I will never be as cool as Ryan Gosling in Drive. I’m ok with that.
  • You don’t see a lot of long hair on successful business people. I’m going to change that.
  • Having a mentor means you’re willing and eager to learn. That makes you smart.
  • Marriage is hard work. If you don’t want to work hard, don’t get married.
  • The way I used to dress in 5th grade is popular again.
  • If you’re going to grow a mustache, make sure it kicks ass. If you don’t know what a kick ass mustache looks like, Google “Tom Selleck”.
  • The artist(s) probably spent the better part of a week or two putting the tracks in just the right order. Don’t be a dick and skip to track three.
  • Firing employee(s) is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in the past 5 years.
  • You don’t need millions of customers to be successful. I’ll take 1000 customers paying me $25/month any day of the week.
  • If you want to make something for yourself, work harder than everybody else.

Article Credit

  1. Author: Noah Stokes
  2. Date Published: January 11, 2012

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