Entrepreneurs are artists and I mean “artists” in the true sense of the word: they see something no one else does. Think about two types of artists: composers and performers. Founders fit the definition of a composer. It’s not about programming code. It’s not even about customers. Founders see a vision but then they manage to attract of a set of world-class employees to help them create that vision.
It’s a funny thing, really, when you discover what you’re supposed to be doing in life.
When I was painting houses in college, I had this reoccurring daydream—call it a “vision,” if you will.
I imagined walking into an office, full to the brim with bustle. People are buzzing about, going this way and that. The room is full of life.
There is nu jazz playing in the background. St. Germain, to be sure. For some reason, in this daydream, I always had a dozen donuts in my hand. Donuts!
I knew I was bringing them to the folks in the office, something to get the day started.
I have no idea idea what the business is, what we do, or who we serve. But in some ways, it doesn’t matter. In this vision, all I know is I’m responsible for leading them. To show the way. Plot the course.
And, in my vision, this process started with donuts. (And, really, what good thing doesn’t start with fried batter?)
Things get fuzzy after that. But this daydream helped me realize something:
I was put on this earth to create and build businesses. First, my own. Then, others.
It’s a sobering reality I’m not sure I fully understand yet. But, like many of you who have pursued a life’s calling, you don’t understand it all (or most…or some!) before you step forward.
It’s time to get started. I’ll take a cruller, please.
Social media is tricky.
On one hand, you have the most significant shift in human communication since the dawn of time.
On the other hand, you have fantasy football drafts, workout regimes, date selfies… cats.
These things are less than interesting to me. But they’re interesting to someone, which, in and of itself, makes it a valid social media subject.
One topic I’ve noticed a lot lately is workout routines. Runs lengths, pounds lost, weights lifted–they all seem to be finding their way into my social feeds at a record pace.
IF YOU ARE POSTING THESE INFORMATION BITS, IT IS NOT A BAD THING.
The key factor in all of this, as usual, is motivation.
I know the intoxicating allure of instant workout feedback. For instance, I found myself posting my runs on Facebook because I was proud of them. Like, “I ran this morning and you didn’t” pride.
When I realized what was happening, it grossed me out. So I stopped posting them. I didn’t stop running, I just stopped sharing my runs with the world.
A funny thing happened…the source of my motivation changed. it moved from external to internal. No longer was I running to prove something. I was running because it made me healthier, happier, and more content.
The reality is not everyone is a runner or has the luxury of running in the morning (or ever). I was being haughty and prideful and arrogant and it annoyed me. I can only imagine what it incited in others.
Ultimately, you have to be the judge of why you’re sharing your activity levels. Is it to enhance the life of others (my friend Dawn is a great example of this)? Or to pat yourself on the back (like I was)?
In the meantime, pass me that dumbbell.