The questions kind of caught me off guard, “No, Really! How much is enough?” He persisted. “What would it take for you to call it quits, 1 million, 5 million, 10 million-plus, or are you a… never enough kinda operator?”
I have to admit I hadn’t really thought about the number. I was young, ambitious, and building my business. I was 100% focused on taking things to the next level. I was expanding my operations to Africa, Denmark, and The Netherlands all at the same time. I already had a business growing in Australia, New Zealand, and The UK. Things couldn’t be better in terms of my goals and the opportunities that lie ahead. I wasn’t thinking about slowing down or taking a break but the question really got me thinking. What was I creating? Was it saleable? If so, then what was my exit strategy? If not, then maybe I should look closely at my business re-investment strategy.
At the time I felt like I loved what I was doing so much that I could hardly imagine ever doing something else. I loved the action, the travel, and the people I was working with. I relished the fact that I was providing people with the tools and the opportunities to build their own financial futures. But the bold question did nudge me to start looking at my spending habits, my after-tax savings, and an alternative future. What would I like to be doing in 5 to 10 years’ time?
Well, as time went on and my priorities changed, I certainly looked back on this question and really appreciated this gentleman’s candor in asking it.
What about you? What’s your price? Are you doing what you love? If not, then how can you start positioning yourself to move towards your true passion? If you already think you have a decent sum to start something new or move on from your current gig then what’s holding you back from taking the plunge? You might consider becoming a Project Entrepreneur. Remember that once you start in a new direction with passion, focus, and intensity you will build a new momentum that will most certainly pull you onto your next horizon.