Last Monday I left for work around 7:00 am. Normally, none of my kids are downstairs; they are just getting up. My wife makes their lunches and gets them breakfast to get their day started off right. (I am fortunate to have such a great wife and the kids are lucky to have such a wonderful mother!) As I opened up the garage door to get in my truck and drive to work, I yelled goodbye to the kids. Most of the time my son Grant, who is 7, runs down the stairs and jumps off about the third step from the bottom into my arms and gives me a hug; it is always a great way to start off my day. But this day, he wasn’t up yet after a long weekend of fun, and I didn’t want to wake him, so I went ahead and left for work.
When I started Grunder Landscaping Co. with a $25 lawn mower bought at a garage sale (yes, that is true!), I was 14 years old and I didn’t know what life was all about. I certainly did not have a vision that Grunder Landscaping Co. would be what it is today, nor did I think one day I would be married with 4 children; I just wanted to cut grass and get paid to have fun. Today, as I am almost 40 years old, I realize what a blessing it is to own my own business, the freedom it gives me, and the opportunities that Grunder Landscaping Co. has presented. Let me explain where I’m going with this.
On Monday after I was almost 3 miles from home, my wife called to tell me Grant just got up and came downstairs and asked where I was. She wondered if I wanted to come back to give him a hug. I thought quickly – let’s see, I have a staff meeting at 8:30; at 10:15 I have to record a commercial for community service I’m doing; I have to get that big job I sold processed; I have to get my head on straight with the sales leads we have; and I have to prepare for a trip to Orlando to speak to a group of entrepreneurs. Man, that would take an extra 20 minutes to do this – so who cares! – and, by now I’m sure you know where I’m going with this, I turned my truck around and went back home to give Grant a hug. Here’s a photo of us last Monday. You have to love the wet hair look (on Grant, not me!) as he had just gotten out of the shower.
It’s not the greatest photo, but I’m printing it out and putting it in my office. It captures the best part about running my own business.
The best part about running my own business is that I can turn my truck around, and go right back home when someone calls. I’m my own boss and yes, not every day of being an entrepreneur is easy or fun, but most days are great and they’re especially great when you know someone loves you and still wants to give you a hug.
This week, think about what you’re thankful for and look at the good things being in business brings that you take for Grant-ed.