Lots of different thoughts…this one on success.
Travel is one of my favorite things in life. Whether business or for fun, it is invigorating, rewarding and creates a large percentage of my “life experiences”. As I write, I am on my way back from my quarterly trip to the UK. I am so exhausted, I can barely tap these letters on my iPad. I did not receive my usual upgrade to business. Do I care? Not in the least. I just had one of my best trips ever and it has me thinking about what creates true success. In my observation, hard work is a large component. But, hard work combined with passion is the “killer app”…in fact if you love and believe in what you do, hard work is not work at all. When you combine these two attributes together you create true success. You meet the best people; you achieve things you never dreamed you would and it’s just pure fun. This trip contained all of those results and more. Ironically, the end goal is not financial gain, though it can be one of the results of success.
Working with a team that shares your passion and the desire to do whatever it takes to deliver the absolute best is one of the greatest “highs” in life…and that happened this week in spades. Firstly, I have two of the best partners you could ever ask for…let’s call them the “The Sam’s”. They are two of the hardest working people I have ever met…I will call from California at 10 or 11pm their time to leave a voicemail and one them will occasionally answer the phone! They are fun, lots of fun to work with. And, they are passionate, REALLY passionate. When you have a partnership with these qualities you attract like minded people to work with you. I had the opportunity to work with over 30 of our team members this last week….they worked impossibly hard, long hours and I never heard one complaint, but lots of smiles, jokes and great input on what we did well and what we could do better for our customers. When I tell you they are the best, I mean THE BEST I have ever worked with.
Now that I am on my way home my mind is whirling with ideas on how we can do things better and what new horizons we can identify as opportunities to bring success to our customers. And you know what? So are my partners…I just know it! To have a partnership of this quality once in your life puts you well ahead of the pack. To have it twice is almost too much to ask for…but I have a second one with my wife Linda in a new startup. How lucky am I? Startups are a different kind of hard work…its lots of effort directed at a relatively small group of customers and tons of manual work that just needs to be done. There is certainly no financial success at this point and no guarantee of it either. Yet the same believe, passion and fun (usually!) have us working as hard as we ever have, but again, it does not seem like it. We have already attracted some incredible people to or team and we can see it building into what we hope will be a big success. At this point it’s one customer at a time, but that okay…we value everyone of them and always will.
Wow, life is about as good as it can get….I am thankful. If you are not totally happy at what you do, consider these two ingredients in looking at your options…you will be happy you did!