I wanted to write this blog to share my history of Talking Finger and wish Bill nothing but the best as he journeys on with Talking Finger and Dana and Chris. I know TF is in great hands, I would not have picked someone like Bill as a partner back 3 years ago if I didn't feel I would be able to have someone who would have my back as well as I had his. TF is in great hands and will continue to thrive.
It all started with Facebook, Bill posted a status on his wall (on an old profile) saying "With all my friends out there, we have so much talent that we need to do something together". That was in early 2010...after leaving a weekend trip with my cousin in D.C. who has always been an inspiration to me, I had an idea that I punched into my phone while driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
The next day the guys gathered at Bills Cabana for our traditional night of guys night swimming, having some beers and general B.S. that guys do when they are together. I asked him what he felt about the idea and his words were (plug your ears) "FUCK YA!...I know exactly what you are thinking, tomorrow we start planning this thing." So the next day I came over to Bills house with a giant pad of paper and some Spider man markers I bought at the local Odd-Job (Were a start-up...can't afford Sharpies at this point) and we sat on the floor of the cabana and started to write out a very rough business plan.
(The last line says "Owner of a company") This was a list I made so long ago, but a few years ago when I found it again in a box of personal things I realized that I had actually accomplished 80% of them. Some of them are just not practical now...like a pilots license but I was able to cross of one more from the list. Game on!
So Bill and I became "married" for a lack of better words and spent a tremendous amount of time researching "what" we were going to be...we sat at the cabana with out laptops (PC Vs. MAC war had begun also) and we went to town learning everything social media.
I decided late in 2012 after finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel when school was about to end that I needed to pursue my education to a higher level. Talking Finger was chugging along at a sweet pace and Bill as well as Dana our Social Media Strategy's/Content Writer and Chris or Graphic Designer were kicking some serious ass with their work. I had a long talk with Bill about potentially leaving TF and pursuing the next level of my life, heck I'm only 41, I have a lot of time in my life to start all over...I felt now was the only time I would have to go after the next level of my dreams...the problem was if I left TF I knew I would feel as if I was giving up my 3 year old child for adoption, which is how I still feel. Fortunately for me the people at TF are incredible parents so I know my child is in great hands but I knew I would miss TF everyday, I miss the people I engaged with frequently. I have made so many friends through TF...Clients that became friends is a special thing to me and that is one of the harder pieces of this departure to work through.