It was 11:00 in the morning on a Monday…and I was on my way to the zoo. That’s when I realized I’ve made it.
One of the questions he asks every interviewee is, “Have you had an ‘I’ve made it’ moment?” For some reason, that question rattled in my brain for a few days after we scheduled the interview.
Here’s what the voices in my head told me:
“Have I made it? Of course not. That would mean I’ve reached the pinnacle as an entrepreneur and as a person. “
“I’ll never make it. I don’t want to make it. It’s a lot cooler to continue to strive and push and set goals.
“HA! You think that’s why you’ll never make it? You’ll never make it because you aren’t good enough, don’t work hard enough, and won’t sacrifice enough.”
“You work too hard. How can you ‘make it’ if you are always working so hard?” (It’s ironic that one voice says I don’t work hard enough and the next says I work too hard…voices are like that)
“You don’t even know what it means to ‘make it.'”
That last one was true. I didn’t know what my definition was of “making it.”
But the others were all crap. And I realized that at 11:00 AM on a Monday while driving to the zoo.
Fifteen minutes earlier I was deep in work. I was focused. I was kicking butt and taking names. Until my wife called.
Tara and our daughter, Aracelli, were at the zoo together while I was working. But today was a special day, the zoo luau. So Tara called just to let me know.
And that’s when I got up and left.
OK, I finished my thoughts, made a list of things to do later that day, and then I left. I then spent the next three and a half hours at the zoo. I even had a call cancel at 2:00 that allowed me to stay a little longer (Interesting how things like that happen sometimes).
On the way there, it hit me. This was my definition of making it. That, in the middle of the day, I could leave work and spend 3+ hours with my family at the zoo.
That is the beauty of entrepreneurship. One day, you will make it. Whatever your definition is.
If you work hard enough and smart enough, dream big enough, and surround yourself with the right people, you will:
Make more money than you ever dreamed of.
Find joy in your work.
Have the freedom to do what you want when you want.
Be able to encourage others to do the same.
For the most part, I’ve found all four. So I can honestly say, “I’ve made it.”
And I want the same for you.
What is your definition of “making it?” Have you “made it?”