The Light - A Manufacturing Story
With just under 100 days till my company has its first “Birthday”, I can’t help but look back and reflect on what has happened in the short 271 days of business.
In those 271 day’s I have been able to do some incredible work for others around me. I have driven over 25,000 miles, met with over 200 people and thousands of hours on the phone talking to people about the problems that keep us up at night.
Helped 5 people start a new company, helped 4 people build resumes for the promotion they deserve, consulted countless companies that couldn’t afford the help otherwise, connected leaders of industry and helped 12 people find jobs.
That light at the end of the tunnel has been distracting me for a while, that pesky light that blinds most to the illusion that the light is the solution, that light is what most strive for.
The trick of the tunnel is to avoid staring at that light, it made me lose focus on why I put myself in the tunnel to begin with.
The “tunnel” provides opportunities for those who look, those who take the time to realize that maybe there is a trap door hidden inside the tunnel that everyone seems to want to race out. Race out so fast that they sprint right past the golden opportunity that they have searched for. Lord knows I have. Most of my failures came in the beginning was because I treated it like a race. A race to get to that pesky light that everyone keeps staring at.
Because of that, each time I failed, I tripped in the race to the finish line, I tripped on the opportunity that I was meant to discover.
The tunnel is dark and scary and the walls feel like they are closing in around you, but if you know what you are looking for the fear quickly turns to excitement.
Coming from a humble background, the only investment that I have to give is my time. My time is precious to me and I willing sacrificed everything to hop into this tunnel knowing, the older I get, the less time I have to make my children proud of the father they were stuck with.
I can’t readily say “Don’t be scared” to my kids and be scared of the very thing I told them to stand in front of with their eyes wide and stare down the demon that paralyzes them….FEAR.
Not paralyzed by fear, I am not so anxious to race toward the light and out of this dark ass tunnel.