A few months ago, I shared my top 5 tips for entrepreneurs starting out. The first (and I believe most important) item on the list is passion – a true love for the business. I was reminded of this recently when I had lunch with my good friend, Geoff.
Geoff and I have known each other for over 20 years. He’s a great guy and up until recently worked for a number of companies, mostly in sales roles. Early last year he launched his own business. He has wanted to take the plunge for some time and finally made it happen.
During our lunch, Geoff was telling me about what is going on with his business – some good and some bad. However, the energy was incredible. He is so passionate about what he is doing. He knows that everything he does has an impact on those around him and that he must persevere through any issue to be successful. But the reward of doing what you love far outweighs the stress and risk.
I think he was hoping to get some advice or feedback from me, but I mostly just listened. I received much more from him. The whole time he was talking, it was reinforcing and motivating me on the spirit of being an entrepreneur. It is something you can’t describe, only experience. I’m glad Geoff is living his passion.