I’ve been trying to chase “success” since opening my first business in 2008. It’s the goal of every young entrepreneur, right?
“Run your own business and live a life full of freedom, self-fulfillment, and gratification!” is the tagline of self-employment.
Well, the business first has to be successful in order for that to happen. But I don’t think I ever defined the concept of “success” as I was working through all this. How was I supposed to know when I got there? I just always assumed that success was equal to happiness…I couldn’t have been too far off, right?
I decided a few weeks ago, approaching my 4th year of being in business, that I needed to define what “success” meant to me. Here are my rules of success, as they relate to the business:
I have to wake up, every morning, excited for work. Sure, there are mornings when I am tired – either physically or mentally – but I am always looking forward to seeing my athletes at the gym. I never resent what I do for a living.
My business has to serve a noble purpose. Owning and running a CrossFit gym puts me and my coaches on the front lines in a war against convenience and laziness. We are constantly exposing people to the truth that there is no “magic pill” that delivers health and fitness – it’s just hard work and clean living. I feel like we make a change in society, one person at a time.
My business has to attract (or cultivate) good people. In general, I’ve found CrossFitters to be good people. I think it has to do with the characteristics of the program and what type of people are drawn to it. CrossFit takes hard work, dedication, and a sense of virtuosity – foundational traits of quality individuals.
My business has to allow me to support my family financially and emotionally. This is the simplest rule to adhere to, but is always a work in progress. I have nobody to thank for this but the coaching staff and members at CFME. We are a viable business and thriving community because of YOU!
What’s my point? I don’t really have one…I think I just wanted to see it all written down for my own benefit.
“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” – David Frost
Thanks for everyone who continue to show up, day after day, to put in the hard work and allow me to do what I love and believe in.
What is success, according to you? Post to comments.
6/11/2012 CF WOD:
amrap 20 minutes:
18 box jump – 24″/20″
6/11/2012 Power Hour Movements: