To the Lonely Solopreneur – Bring your friends!

Whether from desperation or inspiration you’ve finally started your own business. You’ve endured the cheers from your fans, jeers from the “they says”; cut the ribbon, opened your doors and now you’re into the day to day operations. At some point you begin to realize that in the eyes of your fans and observers each and every decision will either make you an example, or a warning.

Welcome to the world of the solopreneur. A strange and scary dream world full of fantasy and fear. Take a moment and remember, you’ve been here before. As children we transitioned careers multiple times, often in a single play session. We completely switched clothes, roles, identities in minutes. We effortlessly transitioned from policeman to doctor to nurse to fighter pilot and more. How did we do that? We brought our friends with us, Commitment and Purpose.

Our most important friend is Purpose. If you don’t know your purpose, then your first purpose is to get a purpose. Discovering your purpose will put your life into crystal-clear perspective. You won’t see the world you once knew. You will see another world, one in which you are a necessary and intricate spoke in the wheel. You absolutely have a purpose for being on this planet, and your purpose is waiting for you to figure it out...if you haven't already. When you look at the lives of the most successful people who ever lived, you can see that they had a definite purpose and they knew it.

Henry Ford’s purpose: “To mass produce, mass distribute cars.”

Andrew Carnegie’s purpose: “To manufacture and market steel.”

Walt Disney’s purpose: "To make people happy."

How do you find your purpose? Go within. Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Relax and tap into your mind, way back there in the deepest, secret compartment of your mind, and start asking yourSelf this question:

“If I knew my life purpose, what would it be?”

Write the answers in a place you can revisit them. It may take days, weeks or months of asking in order for your unique purpose to become obvious. And by the way, never confuse a purpose with a goal. Goals are great! Goals are crucial to achieving any kind of success. But goals alone, by themselves, can be indiscriminate and undirected. Your purpose is or should be the underlying core that gives your goals direction and meaning.

Our next most important friend is Commitment. I’m certain by now you’ve heard the breakfast story regarding the level of involvement for the chicken and the pig. The chicken is “involved” in breakfast, the pig is committed. Commitment is the friend that unlocks the forces of our imagination, and ultimately gives us the ability to turn our dreams into reality.

As children we played with friends both real and imagined. Regardless of the circumstance or the game these two were always with us because, “When Commitment and Purpose come together, there is Abundance.”

Live with Intention,

Author's Bio: 

I’m just an average guy who’s learned a few things about Life, Success and Personal Development - thanks to some incredibly good and bad experiences during the past 25+ years. I’ve made many mistakes and have learned to combine down to earth values with a unique ability to distill complex concepts into simple, powerful strategies which can be immediately applied to produce measurable results. In short;

“I’ve traveled the territory, drawn a few maps and I’m happy to share them”

I do not consider myself to be an “expert” and my work is never presented as the definitive doctrine on how you should live your life or what it takes to be successful in your business. I am a work in progress and if you were to you join me on life’s journey by hiring me as your coach or partnering with us in business – our learning will very likely be a two way street. In fact, I expect it to be.

“What you know dies with you – what you DO leaves a legacy”

I was raised in upstate New York and eastern Pennsylvania. This rural upbringing is strongly reflected in my personal value hierarchy: Faith > Family > Friends > Fitness and Finance.

Education and a commitment to continuous improvement are next on the list. All these and more are strongly reflected in my coaching, teaching, writing and speaking.

While growing my private practice I also taught Orthopedics and Neurology at both the undergraduate and graduate level, produced a TV show on fitness, appeared on numerous radio and TV programs, authored numerous journal articles, chapters for medical texts, served as vice-president of my state medical association, and started a family. I have had the honor and privilege of consulting with and coaching a diverse population of people from royalty to prisoners, from children to CEO’s, from amateur to professional athletes from 41 countries and people of almost every race, creed, religious belief and nationality.

I am passionately committed to contribution and Living With Intention. Part of my philosophy is to think globally while acting locally. I am a very active member of my church, as well as several community organizations. After church, my favorite philanthropy is the Nourish the Children. I have also performed extensive volunteer work for both the Anthony Robbins Foundation, and the Make a Wish Foundation.

Why become an Entrepreneur?

I became an entrepreneur because after 5 years of Health Care Reform I found I was merely an employee of the various insurance company’s I was interacting with. I became painfully aware I was working more hours for less money and that what I was doing wasn’t working!

At the same time my beautiful daughter, Casey, was born. This was the first time in my life I started to think about my future, and of course hers. When children come into your life, your perspective changes from Firebirds and Ferrari’s to Gymnastics, music lessons, horseback riding and so forth. Suddenly, I had to think longterm – was what I was doing going to provide all the things that a father wants for his children?

In October of 1998 I started my entrepreneurial endeavors on a very part time basis. Less than 3 months later my New Year’s Resolution was to put my practices up for sale. In May of 1999 I sold them and began to work on my dreams and my fortune on a full time basis. From there, it took me a full five years to get to the point where I could do whatever I wanted to do. Along the way I wrote my first book: “Morning Moments”…as well as learning a few things about money, transitioning careers and happiness. I am happy to share what I know, in short again;

“I’ve traveled the territory, drawn a few maps and I’m happy to share them”

In summary; Transitioning careers was the hardest challenge I’ve ever taken up and it’s been the most rewarding! In so many ways, this is the very best personal development seminar I’ve ever taken because I met mySelf and my wife in the process…and every perceived adversity was worth it.

Today, with my wife Julie, we “get to” pay the gift forward by coaching, mentoring others through the same process. There is no greater pleasure than showing others how to earn their freedom and then observing what good they do with it.