In case you don’t know, “Hamilton” the Musical, written and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been in Chicago theaters since the fall of 2016. This musical lives up to the hype and is enjoyable for everyone, even the casual theater fan. The musical is a sung-through, shortened biography about one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Arguably, the most influential founding father who, until now, hasn't received the recognition he truly deserves. The show mixes in Alexander’s political and economic contributions, along with dark moments in his personal life. Along the way, there are many themes that stand out to me. These themes describe Alexander’s personality and his steadfast approach to his career. While consuming this play, I found myself relating these themes to our mission at The Starter Log.
Let’s me make this clear from the start. Alexander Hamilton was many things, some good and some bad, but Hamilton was NOT lazy. According to the musical, and particularly highlighted in a song called “Non-Stop”, Alexander wrote and worked at a relentless pace. He wrote like “he was running out of time”, and his accomplishments back up that claim. Unlike, Aaron Burr, who in the musical has a very passive and overly patient approach, Hamilton struck like lighting in executing every move he made.
At The Starter Log, we promote and encourage hard work and relentless effort on your journey. Whatever it is that you want to do, work towards it’s like you are running out of time. If tomorrow were your last day and you had only that day to accomplish your dreams, you would bust your ass to try and accomplish your mission. When you have time to work on the tasks you need to accomplish, don’t procrastinate and waste it. Be grateful you have your health to do so, and chase those dreams relentlessly.
Not Throwing Away Our Shot
Alexander Hamilton believed in a higher calling than most. He was certain that it was his calling to start the United States of America and rebel against the British. Coming from humble beginnings, Hamilton, a bastard orphan, immigrated to America and saw the Revolutionary War as his opportunity to make a name for himself. He saw massive flaws in the current policies in which he could contribute his intellect and he got after it. He is someone who did not take life for granted and realized that if something wasn’t the way he wanted it to be, he was going to do everything in his power to make it better. He didn’t victimize himself and waste time by complaining. He got up and got busy changing things and taking advantage of the freedoms he was given, he made his life count.
I can say with extreme confidence that Kevin Koch and myself wholeheartedly think the same way. We have been fortunate to live in a time of technological advancement, where we are empowered to share our thoughts with others. We took advantage of that opportunity by starting this website and our “Off the Cuff” podcast. With the tools and freedoms that we have been given, we are going to provide a platform that fuels people's minds and helps them become intentional about their self-development. We are not throwing away our shot to make someone else 1% better every day.
We Don’t Get to Choose Who Tells Our Story
Lastly, Hamilton the musical makes it clear that Alexander Hamilton is a man obsessed with his legacy. He is constantly making references to "building something that will outlive him". In a genuine way, I felt Hamilton was just a man who wanted to make our nation a better place. You don’t have to be obsessed, but you should always be cognizant of your legacy and the impression you leave on people. When I say that I don’t mean you should be fixated on the amount of money you have or your possessions, I mean that you should make every interaction count. The things you do and say have an effect on others, whether you are aware of it or not. Make sure that you are treating people with respect at all times while advancing your career and molding your legacy.
When The Starter Log was founded, I can confidently say that Kevin and wanted to create something that could benefit people ongoing. We had all of these ideas and stories written down, but they weren’t benefiting anyone, they were just sitting in our Evernote app. We care about the people we interact with, and we want to provide them with mind stimulating content. When our time is over we want our legacy to be one that is remembered. We want to be remembered for pushing people and making them better individuals.