We recently celebrated our oldest son’s birthday, and every year I reflect on the day he was born.
I remember it vividly, and I say this because reality blew away my expectations. In my mind it was supposed to happen like it happens on TV or in the movies. The woman is supposed to be screaming at the top of her lungs as she pushes out the baby and the baby is supposed to come out all squishy, covered in goo and screaming at the top of its lungs.
The delivery was calm, and our boy came into the world without the excessive crying I expected. He was still squishy and covered in goo.
On a day when so many incredible memories were created, the one that stands out the most is the one that gave me insight into his personality.
I went to visit him in the nursery and I was surprised to see his eyes wide open and actively looking at the world around him. He wasn’t crying and he certainly wasn’t interested in sleeping either. His eyes were busy surveying his new surroundings. If there’s one thing that hasn’t changed about him after nine years, it’s that. His eyes are still wide open checking out the world open.
How helpful would it be as an entrepreneur or the spouse of an entrepreneur to have our eyes wide open, looking for new opportunities? How helpful would it be to intently gaze upon the world around us to see what’s out there?
Sometimes, opportunities fall in our laps. Sometimes, it takes awhile to truly find what we’re looking for. Sometimes, it takes us taking an honest look at ourselves before we can move forward.
I mentioned in a previous post, that Sarah and I couldn’t co-exist as coworkers. Well, that’s true. The reason it didn’t work was because of me. I got in the way of what she wanted to do. We had many of the same goals, but we differed on the methods of accomplishing those goals. My pride was seriously wounded.
It was at that time when I decided to take a step back, take a serious look at the situation, and to do what was best for the growth of the company, step away and offer my unabashed support.
The business has grown since then.
“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.” — Ralph Lauren
How can taking an honest look at your business help it move forward?