Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

No Trophies


Last week, David Cummings won the prestigious Ernst & Young’s 2012 Deal of the Year Award. Very cool! We are all proud of David and excited for story that led to the award. The morning after the award when I congratulated him, I asked “So you going to put the trophy right here in the lobby of the Atlanta Ventures suite?

His response is a lesson for all of us:  “Nope. Trophies are about the past, so I don’t care for or display them.  We need to focus on the present and the future.”


Simple yet profound point! Whether your past includes selling a company for $95mm, or a whole list of failed attempts to do so… it doesn’t matter.   None of it matters. What matters is today, and what you do today– and you should think about tomorrow too.

There’s a ton of freedom in that.


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