Someone asked me that a week or so ago. To be honest, I really don’t know at this point what my real end game is. It is something I will put on my agenda for my “reset” trip. I have a small list of things to accomplish while I am there, and I honestly can’t wait for the time to come.
Come to think of it, I better book that trip.
Anyway, it is something to think about, especially when you’re striking out on your own. Right now, I am already starting to worry about how I will accomplish everything I want to accomplish. I have a lot of work ahead of me – a lot that will earn me quite a bit of fee. But at some point you have to stop saying “yes.” If you’re not smart about it, you just wind up spinning your wheels, missing our targets, and then things start to go sour for everyone.
So you have to start thinking – do I want to expand? What does that look like? What does another person do to my business?
I have a general idea of where things will go. A general business plan. This will get hammered out a little bit during the weeks to come. But there is something more. When someone asked me that question, he was asking ME: what is YOUR end game?
At the end of the day, when you build something, it is for you. “You” might be many things. A family. A partnership. Some fiends. Or, just “you” against the world. Or with it, depending on how you look at things.
A year ago, I was in an organization called EO. I was in what is known as the Accelerator Group, ones who didn’t make – but were striving, to get their companies to a revenue goal to “graduate” to full membership. Many of the people I met there were on their way, others fell into the category of simply “owning a job.” It seems like the more influential people I met did not fall into this category – they had built businesses, and more often than not, sold them. Others, simply built their company around how they anted to live their life. I don’t know – maybe I’ll do both.
But it all needs to keep one thing in mind – what is the end game? How do you want to live your life? What, in your mind, makes it all worthwhile? And, perhaps more importantly – how do you want to be remembered?
Whether you want to build a business or not, I think its important to think about that. For a while, I did – but it was only about lifestyle. In our culture, that is typically tied to income. So income was a goal.
Maybe now – not so much. Of course it is important. But, more important is quality of life and enjoying not only the fruits of labor, but the path along the way. So, for me, the question of “end game” includes the “current game” along the way.
So I guess the answer just got a lot more complicated. Dammit.