Renovating Your Life
In his StartUp School podcast, Seth Godin explains to his audience of entrepreneurs a story of how each of them as “architects” have been given a metaphorical empty lot on which to build their house, detailing one important fact:
“Once you choose where to build your house, you’re locked in. Once you’re locked in, you can’t complain about how you’re in a lousy neighborhood. You put it in a lousy neighborhood.”
When building a business, you get to choose what sort of business you want to create. In the beginning, the sky is the limit. As soon as you’ve chosen your mission, vision, values, co-founders, location, first customers… you’ve built the foundation. Over time, the same foundation restricts you and it becomes more and more difficult to get up and move.
The key is to be flexible… like a mobile home. Keep your core competencies in hand but be ready to get up and move. Twitter was spun off from a podcasting company.
The foundation of our lives are built with the same blueprint. As we grow, we develop a framework through the choices we make and the actions we take. What we buy, who we become friends with, where we live, where we spend our time, what we think — these are our foundation.
Some might have an empty lot while others are locked into their foundation. Neither lot is necessarily more or less beneficial than the other.
What is important is 1) flexibility and 2) that excuses and complaints remain unimportant. You’ve built your foundation and only you have the ability to build it stronger or get up and move.
In the beginning, the sky is the limit. But if your setting the limit at the sky, think what you might be able to achieve by aiming for space.
Stay flexible, eliminate excuses and renovate for the future.