“Do you love your job? Why?” That’s what my friend Jill Felska threw out there as a Facebook status the other day. I didn’t even have to think about my answer it was almost as if my fingers typed “Because it’s not a job, it’s my life” out of reflex. This caused Jill to ask me a few followup questions and I promised to answer them as a blog post.
Why do you allow it to be your life?
I’ve never really thought of it as allowing my business to be my life. It’s a choice. I love the world of business and entrepreneurship. I find the people I meet in this world to be by and large very interesting and engaging folks. Many become close friends and honestly we do end up talking business … a lot. That’s what happens when people with a shared passion spend time together.
What about it drives you?
For many years the answer would have been money. Yes, I was doing it wrong. Now, it’s success and more importantly success by helping others. So, yes the hope is we’ll make enough money along the way to live a good life. Now, it’s about building things that people find useful and watching them use those things. That drives me.
What is your mission – your why for getting up every morning to do what you do?
To be a useful human being. It’s easy to become selfish and self-centered. I tried it for a decade or so. I might also add it sucks and it’s no way to live life. It would be wonderful if one thing I accomplish is my life is something folks still talk about in 100 years. It’s about pushing the envelope each day. Trying to create something new and innovative that will help people, even if just in my tiny little industry of color verification.
And how would you answer these three questions?