It's been seven months since I launched my business, and it's been a heck of a ride. On day one my neighbor Cam (owner of Counterpoint) welcomed me to small business ownership by joking, "It's like you wake up every morning with the realization that you're unemployed."
The advice is true. I've found starting this business to feel a bit like running up the down escalator, or climbing out of a black hole. There's a dull but persistent fear of slipping over the event horizon, of having to close up shop and step back into the job market. But it just hasn't happened, and lately the fear has begun morphing more and more into excitement and motivation.
I'm excited about growth and specialization. About meeting and partnering with like minds who have complementary/different sets of skills. About doing killer work for great clients. And about continuing to perfect my work-life stew.
The one thing I'm focusing on above all else right now is people. I had more impromptu lunches, beers and cups of coffee in January 2014 than I had in the 20 years prior. It's been inspiring to hear about the lives, challenges and goals of so many great people. I didn't start these meetings out with expectations in mind, but I'm already finding potential partners, clients, employees, students, mentors, friends and more, and I can tell that focusing on meeting and helping people will be key to my growth.
One of the people I happened upon recently was Andrew Germer, who invited me to interview on a podcast he co-founded called Owning Your Own. It was a perfectly-timed way for me to tell my story and share my goals and vision -- not to mention to play an original song in studio.
Listen to the Podcast:
Watch the Music Performance:
Anybody up for coffee? :)