Editor’s note: Eric Jackson’s column has appeared on Tuesdays for the past year. This is his final column.This is my fifty-second article in as many weeks — in other words, I’ve been writing this column for one full year. I have had a great deal of fun and learned a lot, and I am grateful to Local Tech Wire and to all of you who read it for the opportunity to do this for a while.

And now it is time to move on.

Which means I have to face a big question — what to write about in the last column? A few things are clear. Of course, the concluding article should be one that is particularly deep, reflecting the gravity of endings. Ideally, it should be written especially well, should round out the year in some significant way, and, of course, should encompass the major themes of this column. Really, in fact, it should be a culmination of all that I’ve written over the past 12 months.

It should. But it’s not going to.

Instead, I’m going to allow it to be fairly disconnected and rather random. Mostly it is advice, primarily to myself, but you are welcome to listen in and take it or leave it, as you please.

First, a moment of respect and awe for Superman. Christopher Reeves’ fierce insistence on fighting for the life he wanted rather than settling for the life he had is what it’s about. Bravo.
Next: stop. Whatever it is you are doing — in your career, your company, your life — stop for a while and take stock. Frequently.

It is the only way to discover whether you are on the path you need to be on. With a tiny bit more time on my hands, I hope to do a better job of taking my advice on this one.

Commit to reality, within and without, personally and corporately. This is a very, very hard thing to do. Good luck.

Take on jobs that you do not know how to do. It will cause you to learn. This is a good thing.

However, when you do this, if you don’t allow anyone to know that you don’t know, what you are most likely to learn is failure. Of course, there is no guarantee that you won’t learn about failure even if you do. That’s ok, it builds character.

Actually, it sucks.

You always have a choice.

This is not to say that you have all choices. The most important choice you do not have is the choice to have no impact on the world around you. Individually and corporately, what we do has impact far beyond what we can see. Choose your impact — it is your true legacy.
That goes for when you are in your car, too.

Learn to have fun. Then have it.

Sometimes, that thing you are dreading or the one you are trying to get perfect is just not that important. Get it done, or don’t, and move on.

You do not appear to others the way you think you do. What others see is not nearly that bad, nor is it nearly that good.

There are a lot of very, very good people out there. Find them and enjoy them.

There are a few of the others as well.

Sometimes doing the right thing means that you lose. Lose.

When it’s time to move on, say goodbye and move on.

Thank you. Goodbye. Have fun and be well.

Eric Jackson is the founder of DeepWeave. He has built his career pioneering software solutions to particularly large and difficult problems. In 2000, Eric co-founded Ibrix, Inc. He is the inventor of the Ibrix distributed file system, a parallel file storage system able to scale in size and performance to millions of terabytes.