The homemade coin catchall (from third grade!) reminds me to look for simple solutions.
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When I was in third grade, my teacher assigned our class a project. We all had to take an item from home and repurpose it to fulfill another need. I took an empty container of Planters nuts, washed it out, cut a little slit into the cap, and called it a piggy bank. It wasn’t the most ambitious project in the class, but I’m proud of my 8-year-old self. The way I see it, I had a hacker’s mentality. I was thinking: How can I get maximum output for the least amount of input?
Back then, “maximum output” meant getting a good grade for very little work. But 18 years later, this ragtag container still continues to provide.
First of all, it’s a surprisingly sturdy bank. I still use it in my home office today, depositing the coins from my pockets. Second, when my work life gets complicated, it reminds me to keep things simple. These days I’m the chairman of OneSixOne Group, an accelerator for early founders, and CEO of a content marketing agency