Last week I was going through an old notebook and came across a poem that I wrote seven years ago. A poem? Yes, I know it may sound cheesy, but it was a very therapeutic way for me to express what I was thinking and feeling at the time.
When I read the poem it was like being in a time machine. I could feel and remember the thoughts I was having. The need to embrace uncertainty and take a leap of faith. Thoughts of everything I was leaving and risking…mixed with what I’ve always heard – “More risk…more reward”. A then ex-girlfriend, now wife, who begged me not to go and didn’t understand why we broke up when things were going so well. A scholarship I was leaving and stepping away from my first passion, basketball. Parents that were insecure about me pursuing business who desired me to get a safe-job with the contacts they knew in the world of education and much more.
I thought it was very ironic that I found the poem when I did being that the Fall semester at the University of Central Florida starts this upcoming Monday. This poem was written nearly seven years ago to the date.
After sharing with a few friends they encouraged me to share it with others…I hope you enjoy it!
Little did I know….
- The great mentors, friends and wonderful contacts that I would meet
- The lessons I would learn on this journey
- All the business ventures and ideas that would fail or not be viable enough to pursue further
- All the business endeavors that would turn out to be successful
- All the late nights and early mornings that can come from being an entrepreneur
- All the fun that I would have and continue to have being an entrepreneur
- The doors that would open by maintaining a positive mindset
- How one success (or failure) ended up being a stepping stone to something greater
- The experience I would gain
- How impactful and valuable my experience at the University of Central Florida would be
- That I would win the UCF Business plan competition two times and $17,000
- That I would have the opportunity to pitch to investors in the back of a limo going around the Indianapolis 500 racetrack at a national business plan competition
- That I would work for myself before graduating college and later have multiple successful business ventures
- That I would publish a book based on my experience consulting with over 500 different million dollar companies
- That I would build a dream team that I feel so blessed to work with everyday
- That I would later marry the girlfriend I was leaving back in Pittsburgh to pursue entrepreneurship in Orlando
I’d love to hear your feedback. Can you relate to what I was going through at the time of this poem? How do you deal with the uncertainties that come with being or the desire to be an entrepreneur?
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