The most challenging part of the last few years has been putting myself out there in the public eye. I'm a very private person and I value solitude and quiet above just about everything besides my family and close friends. But even them I'm anxious to escape sometimes.
Maybe the greatest lesson I've learned in the last ten years is that to have the things in life that you've always wanted requires you to step outside your comfort zone often.
This has been a hard pill to swallow. But when I think of the life and opportunities my wife and I have decided we want for our kids and of the things I want to be able to do for others I find myself at least a bit more willing to swallow that pill each day.
Building this business has less to do with having more and more to do with giving more. I want to succeed so that I can give more to my family, friends and others who are less fortunate than myself. Success unshared is failure.
The best moments in life are ordinary in kind, short in scope, and often precious only in hindsight. This was one of mine.
I'm trying to get better at recognizing these very ordinary moments when they appear in my life. And when I see them for what they are, I breathe deeply to still my mind. I notice the sounds, smells, colors and feelings. I drink it all in.
For a moment I am totally present. And being present is its own reward.