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January 19, 2014

I met the founder of Reddit and he told me that he had no idea what he was doing.

 

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Have you ever been on Reddit?

Have you ever not known what you were doing?

You probably said yes to both of these things…which is excellent. I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of this post.

I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t go on Reddit – I have enough distractions when I’m trying to accomplish something, but when I heard that Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, was going to be in Boston this past week, I couldn’t resist. I love a good startup story.

Alexis was such a compelling speaker – explaining how Reddit started off as an idea for a mobile menu app. Today, it’s considered “the first page of the internet” and one of the top 50 most visited/popular websites.

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Screen Shot 2014-01-19 at 11.11.28 AMStill, Alexis is very down to earth. At six feet, four and a half inches, Ohanian stayed after his talk and met with every person who wanted to speak with him or get a book signed. While I was getting my book signed, I told him how my brother loves Reddit and he even made a video for my brother who couldn’t make it to the event.

Video here!

The Reddit co-founder is on a book tour right now for his new release Without Their Permission, a memoir with the interesting theme of not doing things how they are typically done. In fact, if you see the book, there is no title on the cover. The title of the book is on the back – just a physical representation of the lessons you can read about.

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One thing that Alexis kept saying is that everyone always acts like they know what’s going on, but no one ever has their stuff together. As I read blog posts from Rian and Stefanie, it’s obvious to see that graduation holds a lot of unknowns. And that’s very relatable to being a senior in high school, but it’s also very relatable to a lot of people who I meet every day, who wonder what their next career move, or life move will be.

It might be scary to think that this is just the first of many decisions that you’ll have to begin making. Embrace it! You are now the person making seemingly small, but potentially huge life decisions. Deciding where to attend college seems like a huge decision, and in a year you’ll be laughing because you’ll have survived a year of college and begun the process of making decisions on your own – ones that will seem just a hard to make. Wherever you go, you have to create the life that you want to live. And in my experience it’s been the small decisions that have made all the difference.

Oh, and I’m sure all of us can admit that we’ve had times where we didn’t know what we were doing. Don’t worry, so did Alexis Ohanian, and probably every other person you have ever met in the world, and it’s going to be okay.

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