Create a dream.
Follow my passion…
It’s been way harder than I ever imagined.
We’ve done a lot, but most of the time when you’re building your own company or creating your own path, it seems as though you lose way more than you win.
Losing is part of the process.
Getting your ass kicked is par for the course.
It’s how you react and reposition and revise – while staying true to the core mission – that matters.
Then, most of it is about people.
The right people.
Finding people who support the fun, sexy stuff is easy.
Finding people who see the full vision is really, really hard.
Finding people willing to work for it – and build it with you – is damn near impossible.
But I think that’s how it’s supposed to be.
That’s why it’s *your* dream. And your vision.
No one is supposed to see it as clearly as you.
Not many people are supposed to fully “get it.”
And just because they don’t, doesn’t mean it’s not real or powerful or true.
You just have to keep believing and building and evolving and learning.
This entrepreneurship game is not for the faint of heart.
But the only thing that will consistently push you forward is what’s INSIDE your heart.
Your love for what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it, and who you’re doing it for.
The love of the journey, as much as the love of the end result…
That’s what keeps you going.
That’s what I believe.
On we go.
You will taste and you will try,
you will question and you will cry,
you will compete against your peers and then retreat toward your fears,
you will fight and you will fall,
you will rise and you will crawl,
you will believe in the dream and then unweave at the seams,
you will hurt and hunt and holler and hate…
And then, when you’re ready,
you will DECIDE to be GREAT.
I called bullsh*t on myself four years ago.
I called myself out – and walked away from everything that I once thought was important – to go all in on my passion.
I got tired of listening to my excuses.
I finally decided to stop wishing and waiting and wondering… and just go for it.
The road has been much harder than I ever imagined.
The glitz wears off the dream the first time you get your ass kicked.
And there are a lot of beatings that come quickly after that.
Some really, really smart plans haven’t worked.
Some great ideas fell inches short.
Some good teammates called it quits.
The highs have been intoxicating – that feeling of creation and connection is a beautiful drug.
The lows have been ugly.
In entrepreneurship, failure is a daily activity.
Learning is breathing, and breathing is learning.
But as long as you keep working, you become a better animal.
As long as you stay focused, you find the fleeting answers.
And as long as you stay true – to yourself, to the vision, and to the people you’re building it for – then good things happen…
At least that’s what I believe.
And the whole journey – every single sideways step of it – is the best part.
The Middle of the journey is lonely.
No crowds like at the start.
No medals like at the finish.
No chanting or clapping or cheering.
No bands playing and no cars honking.
No sidelines streaming with supporters…
Just you. And your dream.
Alone in the center of your vision.
One foot in front of the other.
The quiet noise of your unnoticed breath, and the steady beat of your fully-focused steps, dancing together in perfectly imperfect rhythm.
It’s easy to burst out of the starting blocks, and exciting to race toward the finish line.
But the Middle is where the magic happens…
The Middle is where your muscles grow.
The Middle is where your dream takes shape.
The Middle is where you lose your way or confirm your direction.
The Middle is where you ask yourself the most honest, most painful of questions:
“Is it worth it?”
“How much further?”
“Should I stop?“….
The Middle is where you decide to keep going.
“Thank you God for this opportunity. Thank you God for the chance to create this dream.”
Good days or bad days, I begin and end every day with this simple bit of gratitude.
When we choose to live gratefully, we unlock our happiness, heighten our self-awareness and ignite our sense of urgency.