Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Why I’m Doing This


Yesterday (Sunday) morning, I had an exceptional and accidental “early church” with myself starting at 5am.  I’m up at 5 almost every day for my “uberproductive hour,” but on Sundays I try to focus on reading less ‘businessy’ type work, try to also listen to some good music, and stay away from e-mail.

Yesterday’s time was spent reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I’m sure I can already predict which of you readers will shoot me the “Dude, you’re THAT late to the party!?” … but if you are one of the few that hasn’t read it, I strongly recommend you take an hour of your week and find a quiet place to do so.

I read this book at the recommendation of Brad Feld. Brad is a Venture Capitalist who blog regularly with an awesome following. He just published a new book, Beyond The Blog: Brad Feld’s Burning Entrepreneur: How to Launch, Fund, and Set. In thee book he explains that Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of his top two favorite books.

If you’ve read it, you can probably predict where this is going… and if you’ve been following me, you really can predict that this book inspired me. Like, inspired me big. I loved it.

I spent the rest of the morning on a 4.5 mile walk (*note: walking only since my knees are requiring a hiatus from running… swimming laps for real workouts right now) and listening to every song on my music fuel playlist, and simply grinning ear to ear.

Brad Feld gave me a nugget. A simple task of sharing his favorite book caused me to become greatly inspired. I mean greatly inspired!! How many others did he inspire?  Does he even know the influence he had on my life from that nugget?

Thanks to him sharing that nugget, I was refueled. Yesterday. My energy and happiness is now off the charts, and I’m ready to conquer this week, next week, and whatever lies ahead.

I don’t expect to inspire the masses, but I hope that I can provide a constant stream of nuggets, so that somewhere, someday, someone will find something that inspires them, that refuels them, and helps them accelerate into new opportunities in life.

I ask that if you are a recipient of something that inspires you, even just a little bit… to do myself, yourself, and someone else a favor, and share a note with a link to this blog… the more the merrier.

Oh yeah, and read about the Seagull ASAP.




Category: General, Inspiration
  • bfeld says:

    Awesome. Tweeting now per the second to last paragraph. Go light up the world today!

    May 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    • Johnson Cook says:

      Thanks again Brad. The traffic spike from a “Feld Tweet” was amazing. Ah-MAZING!!! 

      May 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm
  • prav says:

    One of my favourite book is alchemist by paulo coehlo.
    Thanks for your blog Johnson.

    April 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm
    • Johnson Cook says:

      Prav, YES! I just recently read The Alchemist and loved it. I need to add it to the books page on this site. Thanks for the reminder.

      April 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

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