Over the last decade, at one point in time or another, I have also felt like this, over and over again! From secretly wanting to quit, all the way to thinking, "is this really it?" and engaging in self-sabotaging behaviour, I've experienced it all.
It isn't easy to admit this, but doing hard and unpleasant things is how we as humans adapt and overcome, evolve and grow, so this is the first step in my change plan for this year.
It is also said that "entrepreneurship is the loneliest profession in the world
" and I can attest to that. For several years after quitting my corporate job, I was living the coveted "laptop lifestyle" of a digital marketer, but the reality of it for me was that i spent so much time sitting alone behind a computer, to the point where I literally felt my verbal English started to deteriorate...
Thankfully, I was able to stay on top of my Health
. I did some tough things, like working up to a 425lbs deadlift, running several marathons, multiple half-marathons, a triathlon, and so on; but these are still very much individual activities where you're still spending a lot of time training alone by yourself
Before my business & Wealth started to scale and I had to begin growing my teams, the only other Teams Relationships I had, was Army Reserve duty in the Canadian military. Something I was doing since enlisting in 2000.
As part of that commitment, in the spring of 2018 I have spent a month on a challenging military course, and this was a first time in a very long time when despite being soaked, frozen, dirty, sleep deprived for days, it felt GREAT to be part of an amazing team of high-performing professionals who are some of the best in their class.
Later in the fall, I was lucky to attend an event for veteran entrepreneurs, and I got to meet and mingle with such titans as Jocko Willink
and Rudy Reyes
, and many other amazing vetpreneurs
from the SEALs, Marines, Green Berets
. Despite being the only Canadian there, these warriors still made me feel so welcome and right at home, and I was blown away and humbled.
I thought back to those times when I was surrounded by other high-performing individuals who shared similar values and have been through similar experiences and how amazing
that felt. I wanted to recreate that experience, and share it with more people, who want to be on a great team
, join an awesome community
, and be part of something bigger
than just themselves.
At the same time I've recognized the fact, that I'm also running into problems
growing, scaling and retaining my teams, and recognized I needed help
. So I naturally turned to those I look up to most.
Through my connections, I've got in touch with former members of Canada's Special Forces who are constantly ranked in the Top 3 in the world, to run me through their training on Teams and Resiliency at their private facility in Ontario, Canada.
But of course, they wouldn't be able to run it just for me. So I've reached out and invited some of my entrepreneur friends, 7- 8- and even 9-figure business owners, who I thought would be a good fit for this type of an event - it's definitely a different type of appeal than mansion retreats and boat parties.