What am I doing at this exact point in time you ask? ………..Well I am sitting at my desk eating leftover Chinese food. All of my employees have gone home and I was so busy earlier in the afternoon that I forgot to eat a proper lunch. Just some of the perks of running your own company I guess. But before I dive into all of that let me start by saying;
that amid my job confusion, and subsequent identity confusion, I realized that my passion in life is entrepreneurship. I like creating things out of nothing. I like taking the path that no one dares to walk on. I like running something that is entirely my own. I like walking the fine line between success and bat-shit-crazy.
A lot can happen in a year.And a lot has happened in a year. I’ve built a company and in the process, I have discovered myself.
Mark Twain once wrote ” The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you figure out why”. This past year I have discovered the “why” part of that postulation. And I feel lucky because I know many people go their whole lives without ever discovering “why”.
I now find myself the Vice President of a Demolition Company. I have 9 employees that I am directly (and indirectly) in charge of. Most days I want to tear my hair out. Other days I want to curl up in a ball and stay in bed. And other days I feel overwhelming pride at the company I have built. But I didn’t do it alone. My brother is my partner in crime and supplies the “construction” knowledge needed to run our demolition company. My parents provide support and encouragement that is appreciated more than I can put into words. My friends provide me an outlet to burn off steam and forget the stress of my job. And daily my dog reminds me what is really important in life. It takes a village.
I truly believe that next to being a parent, running a small business is the hardest job in the world. We entrepreneurs definitely have a dose of crazy in us.
So what do leftover Chinese food and entrepreneurship have in common? Nothing except that you’ll find yourself eating it a lot throughout your journey.