The Best Of 2018: The Biggest Surprise for Me as a Business Owner

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At the LIFT Office, in Grapevine, and across the DFW area, I see ordinary people, living each ordinary day honorably, with selfless concern for others, and in the process, creating truly generous lives.

I started LIFT Speaks in 2018 because I saw these men and women doing work that mattered, work they believed in, work that was impacting lives . . . and their stories needed to be shared.

I watch men and women who are creating jobs, supporting families and investing in their communities.  Men and women starting over after job losses and transition into something far more beautiful and life-giving.  I see men and women, push past the voices outside them and within them to stay the course and do work they believe in day by day by day.

Many of these people have taken the leap and started their own businesses.  Here are some insights from these people who are stepping into new frontiers. 

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . Freedom comes with a lot of stress. – Ross Paterson, XM Performance

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . .  People that worked with me (employees) did not care about the business the way I did.  I worked with some great people that cared deeply – but there is another level for an owner and owners can’t expect non-owners to go to that level. – Tom Miller, Symbolist & Director WCU Professional Selling

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . how a small amount of effort each day can produce big results.    – Andrew Kussmaul, Kussmaul Legal

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . how hard it is to find good employees.  – Micah Buehler, Fractional CFO

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . .  Marketing, marketing and marketing – the very thing I despise – At medical school – they should be sued for this – they just tell you patients are going to come in and you are going to change their lives – the exact opposite couldn’t be more true. If I could go back and start over at undergrad, I would start with a degree in business prior to going to med school.  – Dr. Joey Kramer, Hope Chiropractic Center

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . How much the pace of business change lags behind the pace of technological and social change.  – Bruce MacMillan, Visit DFW

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . that you never know when and where new business will come. I have had business come from different contacts and take varying amounts of time to acquire.  We just need to keep planting seeds and leave the timing to God.  – Shane Bender, Bender CFO Services

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . how lonely the journey can be when starting something new.  – Erica Davis-Frimpong, Annie Admin

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . how extremely important it is to plan out my time because of the many daily demands.   – Jarvis Boyd, Owner Chick-Fil-A

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . my lack of focus and meaningful action even when driven to do both inside.  My biggest frustration point with myself. –Jason Croft, Croft Media

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . how much I enjoy it. I would not have guessed that. I loved my work under others, but I love this so much more.  – Chuck Finney, Finney Media

For Non- Profits

The biggest surprise for me as a founder of a non-profit is . . . I had to relinquish trying to control every aspect of an organization that is 1500 miles away and delegate authority on day-to-day decisions to trusted staff members. Being a double A-type personality (disorder-LOL), this was surprisingly difficult but absolutely essential to my sanity, and theirs!  – Martin Rojas, US Roast & Alas de Dios

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner is . . . how much relationships matter, and, how little most entrepreneurs talk about money.  – Keith Thode, AdvanceNet Labs

The biggest surprise for me as a business owner/filmmaker is . . . how expensive everything is.  – Steve Riach, Eterne Films & One Heart Project

 

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