Hi, my name is John van Dijk. It’s good to meet you.

On my first day of kindergarten, I cried all day. Later in the year, I remember another girl in my class talking to her friend about it. I don’t know if she meant for me to overhear or not. The girl said, “Remember the first day of school when John cried all day?” I was embarrassed.

It’s hard to say why I want to share that story in my introduction. I think because it strikes me as an echoing moment for me. I was sad on the first day of school. I don’t remember why, but I do remember crying all day. I was embarrassed that someone else remembered that I cried.

Throughout my life, I can say that I have seen the same pattern in other areas. I am nervous to try something new or to meet new people. I am embarrassed¬†later to think that I didn’t embrace the moment enough and jump in with both feet. And I worry about what people think about me.

So, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m kind of shy to get to know you, but I want to. What drives me as a person is that I want everything that I do to make other people better at who they are. The best kind of a project is a finished project. And I want to help people finish the projects that they are working on.

I think that everyone has something unique to contribute to¬†others. It is my job to help people deliver that unique gift to the world. It is a disappointment when people can’t get to “shipped” in what they are delivering. (And you will hear me say elsewhere that “Done is better than perfect.”) For most of our unique gifts, we will never get to finished, but if we never get it out the door, it isn’t making a difference in the world.

There are many things that I could say about myself, but I’ll let you read about them in the rest of this blog. I hope that I can be open and honest as I write. And I hope that as we get to know each other, we will be able to share our successes and challenges.

My door (aka my inbox, or maybe the discussion board) is always open. I’d like to chat more. I’d love to hear something about yourself. I would especially love to hear how you are changing the world one project at a time.