You may think that finding your life’s purpose in business is rare and only something you read about in life changing feel-good books but for entrepreneurs, it’s the line that separates and motivates us to attempt to become who we think we can and deserve to be; it’s the line we cross, where we move from net consumers to net creators. For me, pizza just happened to be the canvas I used when I began my career at 19 and it wasn’t until many years later that I realized what I was truly seeking wasn’t about the pizza, or the dough, pardon the cheesy pun… it was about people and passion, enthusiasm and self-education. Just that one lesson has helped me move closer to fulfilling my life’s mission with my beautiful wife and children, my partners in hospitality and the amazing entrepreneurs I have been fortunate to work with and support.
My vision, mission and passion… the thing that drives my enthusiasm with entrepreneur rising is to increase the total tonnage of happiness, significance and wealth for those in my community. It’s also what drives my personal life. It’s not until people come to understand the value and importance of clarity and congruency of purpose in their business and personal life can they enjoy the full flavor of success. The old business model of “money and success at the expense of happiness and significance” is a dying religion, (I use the word religion loosely) although I suppose just as thought seeds are planted from one generation to the next, this old and out of date model for a “successful life” will linger on a few more generations.