It would be very Entreprenuer-esk of me to claim that I decided to start a business because I wanted to leave an impact on this world, a legacy, become wealthy, and live the life I choose.
Well, as a matter-of-fact, I would like all of those things, and I do plan on achieving them. Yet, there are plenty of incredible people out there who have all of those things and don’t own a business. So, contrary to most articles, I wouldn’t agree with those being a foundational element to starting a business.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is TODAY — Chinese Proverb
What drives me about building businesses isn’t necessarily the result of it nor the impact I can make. I am confident I’ll be able to achieve all of this and more as a father, husband, friend, and business partner. What drives me about building businesses is being able to accomplish something one day, and then have the unique opportunity to actually build upon it the next.
It’s often that we are tasked with items that either repeat themselves or forever disappear. While working for the Department of Defense, my entire day was built around repeating or disappearing tasks. Imagine yourself, working incredibly hard on a Tuesday, just to come into work on Wednesday knowing that nothing you did the day before had significance.
I know I had drive and passion in me, I just rarely saw it. I eventually learned it was because of my environment. When I began flipping houses at 21, I saw how every conversation, every relationship and every task was significant given the ability of being built upon for a greater result. By example, I knew that in by implementing a list of our renovation finishes, we would reuse them in the future as a means to a more efficient and predictable operation. This is what sparked my lighter. This is what now drives me. A relationship today could be an impact tomorrow.
In summary, it’s not the product, it’s the progress. It’s not the result, it’s the journey. Building businesses takes more time, incurs more stress, demands more money and requires an immense amount of grit. All of this can be accomplished with simply remembering that the work you do today will have meaning tomorrow.