And it’s also hard. But it being hard is why it’s so fun. The fun and satisfaction of doing something on your own outweighs the stress. We highly recommend it if you have been considering it…..makes life much more fulfilling. It’s such a sweet feeling it’s hard for us to put it into words. It’s more of a feeling that gets you pumped up when it’s 420am and you wake up accidentally and want to start working. Hard to put into words. But I’ll try.
Having recently opened my own business, I have come up with some observations (some helpful and some nonsense of course) on what happens and how people behave when you open your doors.
Top observations since opening a new business—
1. Everyone congratulates you. Don’t congratulate us for investing a lot of our money into something. That part is easy. Congratulate us when we start to have some success and we create a ton of jobs across the country.
2. Most people don’t really want to work. You get a lot of calls from people that “want to get on board”. That’s code for “Do you have something easy for me to do to make a lot of money?” Gotta sort thru a lot of BS people.
3. People want you to do well and will help. I am very lucky to have many friends referring business and offering help at no charge (many thanks here!). It’s hard to do without help.
4. You gotta have a “go to” person that supports your mission. Multiple people in this is EXTREMELY helpful. Unwavering support with no judgement. Fortunately I do.
5. You learn a lot about people when they work at a startup. Startups are super hard. Everyone has to do much more than they thought they would need to. It’s inspiring when people step up. You learn what people are made of.
I have talked to my team a lot about our 20 year anniversary in 2036. I will be 65 and will be the perfect time for me to start to slow down a touch….you don’t really believe that, do you? Shit, I can’t slow down.
I think painting a vision of the future is important when you’re building a business. The future is hard for many to imagine when you are working in temporary space. I take pictures every day because I want to always remember where we started.
So the lesson in all of this………whatever you are doing today “on your way” to something bigger…….enjoy it. The struggle. The difficulty. The doubt. The lessons. The “I’m so far away from where I want to be” feeling. Why? Cause it’s so, so sweet when you hit your big, big, big, big “Let’s have 1,000 team members” goal. So sweet.
Too sweet for words.
P.S. Attached is an article Crain’s ran on us recently. I am very proud of the team we have today and am humbled to have people that believe in my vision and the future of what we can accomplish. Thanks to all that have been very supportive of our team already.