As an entrepreneur, it is often easy to get bogged down in taking care of the business at hand, especially if you are running a fast-growing company. You find yourself focused on crossing items off of a short-term checklist and forgetting about, even momentarily, what it is that really underpins the business and how it might help you succeed in the future.
Sometimes the best medicine for a busy CEO is to take some time to look back on how he or she got from point A to point B, to reflect on what worked, the mistakes he or she made and what really held everything together. Fortunately, I was able to do this recently when I spoke with Ben Gothard, host of The Project EGG Show, a video podcast that engages with entrepreneurs about their real lives, their businesses and lessons they have learned along the way.
In looking back at my past and exploring personal and business anecdotes with Ben, I found that the key thing that helped me and Lendio be successful was and is a set of core values. Whether it was my time playing semi-pro soccer at BYU, or the woman I married and the family we raised, or the point when we transitioned from Funding Universe to Lendio, the common thread was a set of values that I stuck to and that other people shared as well. These values are being humble and hungry — staying competitive and wanting to win but also thinking outside yourself, to serve a bigger community/idea/goal and not just to think of your needs.
I spoke about the importance of these values on the show because they are the foundation of the company and speak to me on my future as an entrepreneur and as a human being. By taking the time to do so, it was just what I needed to focus on my long-term goals … and to put down the checklist for a moment. 😊
For more details, listen and watch the full Project Egg episode here.