Continual Start-up Mode

October 12, 2012 by John Andrew Williams

I was talking to my dad on the phone yesterday, and I apologized for not calling more often.  I explained that I’m busy starting up this company that provides Life Coaching for teens.

My dad laughed and said, “You’re a little past the start-up phase, son.”

He’s right.  I’ve been coaching teenagers for eight years, four years doing it full-time.

Yet I still feel like I’m in the middle of a start-up.

I mentioned the exchange to another business owner, who has been in business about a year-and-a-half.  He said the same thing.  “Yep, for sure I’m still in the start-up phase.”

I wonder if Steve Jobs felt like he was still in the start-up phase of Apple.  His resignation speech with “Apple’s best days are ahead” hints at it.

But maybe keeping that start-up energy is a key to maintaining a successful, thriving business or anything else for that matter.  I’ve been a father for more than five years, yet I still feel like I’m starting over sometimes and learning how to be a better father.

Maybe maintaining that start-up energy is ok, or even more than ok.  I’d even venture to say it’s necessary.

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