This is a new day for my blog posts. I have been fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to be a co-founder for a new and exciting company Sweat Equity Fitness (more on that in a later post). I have been fortunate to work with many entrepreneurs and help build startups, but this will be my very first opportunity to be a founder and start a company from the very genesis of its creation. A great deal of heaving lifting has been done over the past 14 months and the work we have put in is allowing me to take on this new opportunity full time.
I like to think that my past experiences have helped me prepare for this role and that my expertise in helping companies scale and grow make me a great fit for this COO role that I am embarking on. However, I am not naive enough to think that I know exactly everything this will entail. There is a lot to be said with working with founders, getting exposure to some of the on the job training opportunities, and doing a great deal of research and learning on this throughout my career, but at the end of the day this will still be my first opportunity to actually be in this role. I equate it to being a backup quarterback. You have done the practices, you have studied, you have prepared, and you have had opportunities to play in games, but until you make your first start and then get the opportunity to get real playing time on a consistent basis the experience will be new and I expect to learn a lot.
Because I am a big believer in being prepared, I am thankful that I have found a great partner to do this with in Jonathan Senger. He has started companies before and we both bring experience and skills to the table that will complement each other. I have worked with Jonathan before and we have done some good things together, but I am more excited that I get to build a stronger relationship with him as a person, because at the end of the day it is the relationships with people that truly enrich our lives. I call this the key to making a life versus just making a living. I think we are also very fortunate that we have a very strong support group of professionals that have done this before, some great advisors, as well as a strong personal support group that are rooting for us and our success.
One of the things I have learned from my past, and recommended by many mentors, is that journaling is a great way to think, explore and learn from your experiences and what goes on around you. I am not perfect and never will claim to be, but I do believe that I am a better person today than I was yesterday and journalling has been one tool to help me do just that.
I also want to leave a legacy where people who have been a part of my life will say that their life shined just a little bit brighter because I was a part of it. I plan to be fully transparent and authentic (dare I say even more than I have ever been before, in at least my writing), and all its wonderful and messy twists and turns ahead. So, it is my hope that by writing about this adventure that it can be useful as an inspiration or learning to others. I hope that this can also be more than just a monologue, so please share your respectful and lively comments, suggestions, and let me know if there is anything you would like to see me write about and I will do my best to respond and accommodate. Here is to a new and exciting chapter in my life and to building some awesome new relationships along the way. Thank you for coming along for the ride.