I write this post with a heavy heart. I recently lost a close relative, in tragic fashion. As untimely as death is, this one really was untimely. My wife and I spent the past seven days with family in Florida and NY.
In the midst of all this I had a board meeting, some deadlines, and other work activities that still needed tending to. Thankfully my team at Citysquares had things well under control and I knew I could count on them to make sure things run efficiently and that the impact of my absense would be minimal. I found myself confident that I could be away from the office. Of course, having a BlackBerry sure helps.
Anyway, during the past several days, having the confidence that the company was running on its own, and disconnecting myself from day-to-day operations, in addition to mourning the loss of a loved one with my family, I found myself being reminded of why I’m doing this entrepreneurial thing. I was reminded not of fame and fortune, not of career advancement, not of fancy boats or cars. I was reminded of the importance of family. I’m 31 years old, I’m married. We want children. I have a big family, here in New England, in NY, and in Florida. I have a life to build and to live.
I’m doing this Citysquares thing for good reasons, reasons other than fame and fortune. The #1 reason is so that I can build a life for myself, my wife, my family. And that reason makes it all the more important that I succeed.