Hello, Chris. I’m writing to you from the future. 2017 to be exact. The weather is nice here. Also Siri still doesn’t work that well.
Anyway, I hear you’ve just decided to start 2930 Creative with Carly. I know you’re filled with a mix of excitement and fear but trust me, everything will be okay. Deciding to partner with your future wife is one of the most important decisions you will make. Spoiler alert: you marry Carly.
In 2017, 2930 Creative will have grown to a team of 9 and it’s vital you stay on the path to make that happen. Here is some advice that you have to follow because if you don’t, the consequences could be disastrous.
1) It’s okay to be a different kind of entrepreneur.
In two years your time, you will feel isolated from your peers as well as other business owners and I’m here to tell you that’s okay. Your path as a business owner is different from theirs so embrace it. You will be given advice from other entrepreneurs that just doesn’t feel right for you and 2930 Creative. Ignore that advice and follow your gut.
2) Don’t quit.
You will notice a number of your peers also leaving their jobs and starting agencies over the next few months. You will then start to notice them abandon those agencies and take another job. This will give you the temptation to quit 2930 Creative and get a job. Don’t do it. You’ve never followed other people’s paths before so why start now?
3) You really can be a leader.
I know that you see other business owners and managers leading their teams and you’re thinking, “I’ll never be able to do that.” Well, I’ve got news, bub. You can, and as quickly as 2014, you’re doing it. There’s a lot of trial by fire but as long as you stay honest and upfront with everyone on your team they will listen to you.
4) Ask for help.
You and Carly will achieve a lot by yourselves but very quickly it will be too much for you to handle. Under no circumstances should you try to do it all yourselves. You know a lot of very talented people that are dying to help you. Let them. All you have to do is ask. This goes for adding team members and business referrals. At any hint of feeling overwhelmed, reach out for help from someone you trust.
5) Take leaps even when it’s terrifying.
Many times over the next 5 years you will be confronted with a decision that feels right for you and the team but it’s terrifying. Take the leap and don’t look back. You survive the next 5 years by looking forward, not looking back.
6) Everything will be fine.
You will spend most nights worried about the current projects, money, and employees, and that’s normal; however, I promise everything will be fine. You and your team are resourceful and can figure out any problem that come your way. Every single thing that has come up during the past 5 years always turned out okay. No matter how bad it felt at the time. It sounds crazy but I can’t lie to you. I am future you after all.
Keep all of this in mind and I guarantee the next 5 years as a business owner will be great. It will be a rollercoaster, but you’ll have the time of your life.
Are there things I would change about the past 5 years? Of course, but if I did, I wouldn’t end up where I am now and I wouldn’t change that for anything.
P.S. Stop listening to dubstep while you work. Try literally anything else and you’ll be more productive.