Passion determines the drive, ambition and love of what you do and who you serve. For me, serving business owner entrepreneurs is my passion. Every successful business owner must have a passion that pushes them forward — a core belief that keeps them pressing on, even though others don’t necessarily have the same vision.
I’ve been passionate about entrepreneurship starting as a young kid in New Jersey. I started out mowing lawns, shoveling snow, and selling Christmas cards door-to-door. My entrepreneurial ambition satisfied my early yearning for financial freedom and independence. Then, it continued with various sorts of work opportunities throughout my high school and college years.
Years later, I graduated from college and went to work for a major money center bank. Consequently, I seemed to lose track of my entrepreneurial passion. I felt like an entrepreneur trapped within a bureaucratic, politically-operating, corporate environment.
Feeling frustrated and unfulfilled, I left the corporate world in 1989. I then founded and built my own business (a fee-only comprehensive wealth management firm). In 2014, I could feel my passion was diminishing as the firm had grown mature and, therefore, operated less entrepreneurially. So, I decided to sell the business. A business which I had built over the years to eventually sell for maximum value.
Today, my entrepreneurial passion has been reignited by coaching other business owners who want to build the value and transferability of their businesses, just as I did my own business, as well as to help grow the value of the businesses owned by my business owner clients.