- Do the work I’m passionate about,
- Make a broader impact, and
- Have greater personal flexibility while doing it
While I’ve found all of those to be benefits, I was taken by surprise with a realization that I hadn’t expected!
You see, throughout my career, I had been consistently described as “committed”, “dedicated”, “driven”, “passionate” and “results-oriented”. I worked longer and harder than expected and believed I put my all into every role I had. I took great pride in going beyond the call-of-duty to exceed expectations and felt confident these characteristics would serve me well in my own business.
Of course, I was right about all that, but my assumptions failed to consider one major difference: Ownership