Needless to say, I’ve grown a lot in the past decade plus of my life.
Obviously graduating High School and going to college played its role. So did maturing, getting hurt, and realizing the non-paradisical nature of adulthood.
But what’s made me expand to fit my britches more than anything else has been starting my career as a bid’niz owner.
Having responsibility to my clients. Bills to pay. And a mission to work towards tends to light a fire under one’s chestnuts.
Which makes looking back on my time in high school so strange (and even a bit frustrating… if only I could go back and tell my young self the mistakes he was making… but alas, ‘tis the curse of retrospection). Because in high school, I cared about one thing and one thing only:
What were the plans for Friday night.
I kiddeth thee not.
This was the weekly cycle of conversation amongst my peers:
MONDAY: Chat and gossip about what happened over the weekend and how much fun we had
TUESDAY: Start talking about plans for the weekend (mostly trying to identify whose parents were out of town… sorry Mom & Dad — both of whom are daily email subscribers and readers)
WEDNESDAY: Begin finalizing plans for Friday
THURSDAY: Chat about our plans for Friday and all the fun we’re sure to have
FRIDAY: Stare at the clock as it ticks ever slowly to infinity…
And Monday, it would start all over again.
Here’s why that was incredibly silly:
I wasn’t planning ahead. Sure I was ‘living in the moment’ or some cliche. But it was an incredibly ignant moment I was living in.
I wasn’t preparing my mind for the rigors of a liftetime of study. I wasn’t deciding which skill would look good on a job application and developing those skills. And I certainly wasn’t setting myself up for optimal success.
But the truth is I don’t regret one ignant moment at all. Because all those moments of ignorance taught me an extremely powerful lesson.
They taught me why I should plan ahead.
Which is something I think about all the time for my business.
Yes it’s important to stay grounded and focus on day-to-day and week-to-week tasks. But without knowing my trajectory, where I want to end up in 1, 5, 10 years and beyond, I wouldn’t know what to do day-to-day.
So I have a business plan that goes well out into the future. Obviously the farther out it goes the more ‘hazy’ it looks and the more likely plans are to change.
But the fact I’m marching in a single direction, even though that direction might be altered after hitting certain vantage points, gives my business a strength and fortitude it wouldn’t have otherwise.
Which is just one of the reasons I’m launching my new consulting service. To give other bid’niz owners the chance to breathe and think about the longterm trajectory of their business.
With the help of the worksheet that comes with every purchase, as well as my guidance and advice.
And the deadline to get this new service at the 40% off launch discount is tonight at midnight EST. So if you have any interest at all, click the link below to learn more and decide if it’s right for you: