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 🙂

When Gary V. Talks, You Listen

This week I was able to attend the inaugural Entrepreneur Simplified Entrecon at Utah Valley University. For a first run, it was pretty well put together, and I thoroughly enjoyed most of it.

Better than that, there were two HUGE opportunites. First, Alan (my business partner) and I got awarded scholarships to ES’s retreat next week, a $3500 value. We get to go for free, so that’s pretty exciting. I know a number of people that have gone through it and said it was lifechanging, so I’m excited to see how it goes.

The other one? You guessed it: I got to meet one of my favorite people that I’ve followed over the last few years, Gary Vaynerchuk. Continue reading When Gary V. Talks, You Listen