My career, in the form that it’s in right now, really began the moment an entrepreneurial business owner walked into my psychotherapy practice for his second session and uttered the following words:
“That psychological stuff we talked about last week? It really made a difference in my business!”
I didn’t know it at the time, but my experience working with this person was going to define the direction of my career for years to come. Becoming a Shrink for Entrepreneurs enabled me to achieve two things that have literally changed my life.
First, I was able to reconnect with a (slightly lost) passion for helping people transform themselves. My work as a therapist was starting to frustrate me, after clocking hundreds of hours with the clinically depressed, anxious and addicted.
Second, I began supplementing my knowledge of psychology with business skills. It finally clicked that I was not just a therapist – I was an entrepreneur also. That realization was the beginning of a journey that lead me to fix my broken “private practice” business model.
Eventually, I created wealth and freedom – becoming a director for a successful startup, a corporate consultant to Australasia’s largest businesses and, recently, a wannabe-blogger. The whole time, I’ve been lucky enough to work with clients achieving hugely significant stuff as well.
When I recently woke up with a distinct sense of dissatisfaction, I knew I had hit one of those moments in life where we ask ourselves “What’s next?”
A bit of introspection and conversation with close friends and advisors revealed something startling. For years, I had been fired up. I had been aggressively chasing wealth and freedom – in that order. Now that I had it, the shiny goal had disappeared and my motivation had vanished along with it.
I knew I needed a new quest. Now, I had the chance to focus on something other than my immediate needs (wealth & freedom). A few months before Christmas, I started asking myself what I really wanted to do.
And here’s what I came up with…
My Quest for 2011 (and beyond)
Working with entrepreneurs changed my practice, my attitude and my life. It was simply because I was so refreshed by connecting with a group of ambitious people who would do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. Such people are the best kind of clients to have.
Now, just helping people with big business dreams isn’t enough.
I’ve become consumed by an anticipation for the things that entrepreneurs do and create… when they transcend the immediate concerns of personal wealth and freedom.
When an entrepreneur (by definition, a creative, smart and awesome person) blasts beyond the need to fixate on profit, something extraordinary happens. All the ambition, street-smarts and expertise gets liberated. Then, the entrepreneur gets to choose where to focus those immense resources.
What interests me is our tendency (as humans) to occasionally produce individuals who are able to achieve exponentially positive impact in their lifetime.
It is clear that entrepreneurs are the people most consistently on the cutting edge of any game-changing activity. While the ancient world might have been revolutionized by conquerors, nobles, clergy, politicians and artists… since the industrial revolution, human progress has been most defined by the output of our business leaders.
We’re talking about massive, global change that is driven not by committee or “banding together”. Instead, modern exponential change is created by individuals who have engineered (by chance or intention) the leverage they need to affect transformation.
Our world is in fairly bad shape. You don’t need me to list the reasons why. As our planet hurtles toward oblivion, it’s occurred to me that our number one priority should be fostering such individuals and the environments that create them.
Game changing individuals are our only hope.
We desperately need more entrepreneurs who can transcend the concern of wealth and freedom, so they can focus on impact – on solving the problems we are faced with.
In a sense, entrepreneurialism is the modern-day training school for game-changing individuals. Build a commercial empire and you’ll equip yourself with the resources (both internal and external) that give you a shot at solving some of our planets problems.
It’s going to take genius revolutionaries to find solutions to the problems we face, as a civilization. These are individuals and if there is only one thing we can do together as a group, it’s figure out how to accelerate the development of such people. As individuals, we simply have to step up and say “I’ll be one of them!”
So starting now, I’m kicking off a project.
My quest is to study the factors that create game-changing entrepreneurs and individuals. I’m kicking off a research project, of sorts, to uncover the ingredients that create revolutionaries.
This will include analysis of game-changers of the world – both past and present. I’ll be finding out what actions an individual can take to push themselves down the road to game-changing entrepreneurialism.
I will also be exploring what we can do, as a society, to foster the environmental conditions that increase of the odds of future generations spitting out revolutionary geniuses.
I’ll be bringing my skill and knowledge of psychology, behavioral modeling and entrepreneurialism itself to the mix. There are probably people better qualified than me to work on this project, but I’m doing it because I want to… because I think it’s important. I’m also determined to connect with (and include) everyone who can add resources to the pursuit of this quest.
If this all sounds ambiguous and vague, it should. The first step of my quest is going to involve some map-making. I don’t have a clear idea of what this research project will look like – only that it’ll be practical, pragmatic and valuable. I’m okay with not knowing exactly where I’ll be taking this. Allowing the journey to unfold is all part of it.
A few things are for certain though…
You’ll be able to be a part of this quest – if you share the vision (and can see the urgency of it), then I want to hear from you. My plans for this project are big enough that I’m well aware I’ll be needing more than just little old me to get it done.
Additionally, every part of this quest will be documented on this blog. This isn’t something I’m interested in turning into a “product” of any kind. Everything I discover, model, figure out and learn will be shared, free, right here for all to see.
My goal is also to create a community of people who are committed to this vision – entrepreneurs themselves who are passionate about achievement beyond their own material success. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already part of this group.
There may be opportunities to share this project in formats beyond the actual blog itself, but for now, I can’t imagine what those could be. I’m just excited to see how much impact I can create, starting here.
So, in the near future, you’ll be reading about such exciting adventures as:
- Interviews with game-changers (with a very psychological flavor)
- Analysis of revolutionaries from our history (ditto psychology)
- Real-time reporting on the efforts of social entrepreneurs actually out there, changing the world
- Tips and tricks for transcending the concerns of wealth and freedom (by achieving then going beyond them)
- … and much much more (as I figure it out!)
That’s my quest. I started out trying to figure out a mission for 2011, but I think I accidentally stumbled on something that’ll keep me busy for a long while.
When I shared this with close friends and advisors, the reaction was mixed at best. The feedback that I heard the most was “Why would you throw away the good stuff you’re doing to pursue this?”
The truth is, I’m not throwing away anything. I’ve already been doing this.
Since starting this blog, I’ve been sharing tactics on overcoming the obstacles that get between entrepreneurs and their wealth and freedom. This is important work – you need to be able to really smash that stuff if you’re going to do something “greater” in the long run.
The clients I work with, dotted around the world, are at varying stages of transcending basic entrepreneurial concerns. Many of them are stepping up to approach bigger issues too!
Entrepreneurs who want to create wealth, freedom and impact (you) will still benefit from learning about sales tactics, overcoming fear and other favorite topics of mine. I’ll still be focusing on this stuff – bigger and better than before.
This quest, for me, is more of a focus of intention than anything else. I’ll continue to do important work with my select group of clients – if you want to become one, we should talk.
I’ll continue sharing tools and tactics for business success on the blog. The big change here is simply an over-arching sense of purpose – the ultimate reasoning for why I do what I do. It’s a clarifying and re-stating of the original purpose I started this site with.
No matter where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, my goal is to ensure that this site grows into an ever more valuable resource for achieving that trifecta of success: Wealth, Freedom and Impact.
And, no matter where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, my message here is simple: This is a call to action to up your game and ambition.
It’s scary thinking, but I want to explore the idea that the most exciting part of an entrepreneur’s life happens immediately after they master the science of achievement.
I’m hoping you’ll join me.
I’ve got two questions for you and I’m burning with curiosity at the thought of your answers.
- What do you think?
- What is your quest?
Please do get in touch, either via a comment on this post or by email.
Thanks for reading.