Don’t hold too tightly to the ‘how’.
My mentor once told me, “You’re clearly on this path, but don’t become attached to the manifestation of this path.” It took me a long time to figure out what he meant, but as I’ve grown, I’ve realized that a vision must be dynamic — not static — and that the path to fruition is even more dynamic.
Hold onto your vision, but let the path to it open up however it does. If I were attached to the original vision and its manifestation, I’d have stopped expanding my business the moment my income hit $50,000 a year.
For example, when I first started InChek, our company focused primarily on recovering funds from bounced checks. This delivered a fair amount of business for years, but around 2008, our volume started to decline. If I had held tightly onto my original model, we would have been trying to survive on a rapidly melting iceberg. Instead, I gave my vision room to grow and change. InChek pivoted to credit card processing and was able to continue expanding.
Make a life, not just a living.
Generally, if you ask an entrepreneur about his or her vision, you’re likely to hear an answer about yearly profits, number of employees, and the percentage of market share. But the reason most entrepreneurs launch companies is about more than just business. Entrepreneurship isn’t just making a living; it’s also making a life.
Remember how my original vision included a cruise? It wasn’t the cruise itself that mattered to me; it was the lifestyle that the cruise represented. I have many interests and hobbies, and part of the reason I wanted to build a company was to pursue my other passions, including martial arts, EMS, firefighting, and travel. And because I can’t stay in one place, I wanted to create a lifestyle that included multiple places. My company allows me this flexibility and lifestyle.
As a young entrepreneur, you may feel like your business is the be-all and end-all, but I encourage you to expand that vision. Find powerful, honest mentors, and manifest a vision that will give you not only the business you want, but also the life you want. Remember, the business is the means to what you want; it’s not the end in and of itself — unless your vision for your life only includes business goals.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Don Siclari is the founder of InChek, a payment processing company, and L’Oracle, a Las Vegas-based circus and fitness gym. Having been a firefighter/paramedic, event organizer, speaker/coach, and seeker of ancient wisdom, Don’s love of adventure, health, and helping people has allowed him to create an extraordinary lifestyle. Connect with @djsiclari on Twitter.
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