What It Takes To Become An Entrepreneur

I write this late at night, laying in a hammock strung between two incredible trees.

And I had this thought. Becoming an entrepreneur is a lot like what it takes for a seed to become a tree.

A seed starts the process when planted. It has no idea what it is going to look like in 5 or 10 or 100 years, but it starts anyway.

It’s the only thing it can do. Grow or die.

It starts small. The simplest thing could kill it at a moments notice that it has no control over. A fire. A drought. A flood. A footstep.

Yet it still grows. It’s the only thing it can do.

It knows what kind of tree it is, but not exactly what it will look like – how many leaves or branches, how tall or wide it will grow, how many trees just like it will spring up around it fighting for the same sun and water.

It starts out rather unimpressive. There’s no quick way to become a full grown tree, there’s only time, weathering the seasons each year until it becomes old and unwavering.

It can grow through or around the impediments in its way – through rock or cement. Often, the harder it’s journey to maturity the stronger it becomes in the end, as its roots have had to grow deeper, branch out further in order to provide the proper foundation for growth.

I’m sure there’s more correlations to be found – hopefully you’ll share yours in the comments.

Thanks for reading 🙂

What Can You Accomplish In Two Weeks?

Yesterday my wife and three boys left for San Diego to house sit her sister’s house while they’re away (and to have a nice, southern California, lazy, beach summer vacation). I knew the trip was coming, but it wasn’t until earlier this week that I realized that they’d be gone for 16 days before I see them again.

The initial emotion was sadness, but it was quickly followed up by excitement and anticipation. Think about the potential! I can do so much more work! Continue reading What Can You Accomplish In Two Weeks?

Asking the Hard Questions

I’ve been avoiding the hard questions lately, and I believe it’s holding me back.

For example:

What is the one thing I can do such that by doing it makes everything else easier or unnecessary?

How do I provide value to this person?

What is the most important thing I can do with my kids right now?

How do I strengthen my relationship with my wife?

How do I deepen my testimony and understanding of the gospel/my religion?

What is the one thing that I can do to double sales for my company in the next three months?

What can I do to raise the financing I need to make our movie?

How can I achieve more by doing less?

Continue reading Asking the Hard Questions

What Does “Hustle” Look Like?

Come on, you know you’ve googled that before.

I have.

I’ve got a great personal example for you from the last two weeks. Adding it all up, I’m guessing I spent 50+ hours working on rebuilding and relaunching my wife’s photography website from scratch. I mean COMPLETE redesign. Continue reading What Does “Hustle” Look Like?