Entrepreneurship as sport

When I made the decision earlier this year to jump ship from my day job and become self-employed, I had a solid mission and a somewhat solid strategy to achieve that mission. It’s been an interesting six months since. Things have moved much faster than I had prepared for. Fast not necessarily meaning workload, but fast in the development of some ideas that I had planned to hold off on for about a year. Let me explain.

My interests lie in a vast number of areas, from science & technology to music & art to religion & philosophy. I laid out several business opportunities for myself when planning my future and prioritized them in ways that, in the end, I could do what I love and love what I do. The desire was to build an empire that touched on all three of the general areas mentioned above. Given my career for the last decade, I decided to start with science & technology and begin to build a foundation for the other two through various resources.

What’s the problem, you ask? The problem is that my conservative approach was squarely [insert violent behavior here] by true passion. As I started building Phase I of The Empire, I found my focus drifting to Phases II & III. It quickly became clear that I wanted to do so much more than build pretty and effective websites. Add to that a few convenient opportunities that were basically dropped in my lap that tend to be Phase III opportunities, and here I sit — scrambling to figure out how to accomplish all three at once, under one umbrella.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally stoked out of my mind. But you try and summarize how you’re going to offer website design & development, worship technology (sound, video & lighting) training & support, and general church strategy consulting under one roof. When I step back and look at the big picture, there is an obvious route to take, but does it make sense from a business perspective? Stay tuned and find out with me.