Thursday, July 17, 2014
Every year I teach at a CLE event in Houston.
This year I'm not feeling great for a few reasons. I have a shoulder surgery (again) scheduled for next week. I also have a nagging feeling that my little start-up should be doing better before I go under the knife.
So, last night one of my friends asked: "How's the business going?"
At first I felt doubt and disappointment. Then I realized it's been a full year since I saw my buddy. And then I was OK! In the last year, I've launched my website, completed a successful, paid beta test with 41 locations at a national hospitality chain, added an additional 35 locations, raised my rates a bit, and am waiting to hear if they want to go to a full rollout nationally. I also secured client #2 (a small one, but one with good potential). I got my trademark approved by the Patent Office. I also have a lot of people helping me, whether it's to secure finder fees or as part of my Board of Directors.
I have a lot to be grateful for. No wonder I'm still so excited!
Entrepreneurship truly is the biggest roller coaster ride of my life. I've learned that it's normal to move from anxiety to jubilation at least 10 times per day. And I've learned lots and lots of other stuff to.
A lot of people are going to ask me the "how's it going" question over the next two days. Now I'm ready to answer, "It's doing better than I ever could have dreamed."
I believe that there's usually a reason why we have certain interactions with people. If we pay attention, we can learn a lot from them. I am so grateful for last night's lesson with my buddy. Perspective truly is everything.