I spend about 70% of my waking hours thinking about my business, but it’s not something I’m particularly proud of. With that much of my mental space filled up with work, there simply isn’t enough room for the things I love most– family, fun, exercise, nature, etc. Instead of engaging in these enjoyable activities, I usually find myself obsessing on details that should be confined to my work life. I think about decisions we’ll soon have to make, the workability of our internal systems, our marketing techniques, our client base, and so on until I feel like a hamster running a wheel.
Deep down, I know this isn’t a good way to live. Sure, there are times when we need to reflect on our business, but fixating on it is just plain unhealthy. McKenzie is constantly pushing me to make a decision and quickly move on. Why? Because she understands important ideas that I recognize but can’t put into practice. Yesterday’s decisions are already made, so put them in your rear view mirror. Celebrate your successes, learn from your failures, but always keep moving forward.
Today’s guest has certainly done that. His big entrepreneurial moment came when he was a big shot salesman at a large corporation. Like many people in his position, he realized that work was detracting from his home life and his happiness in general. He never saw his children, he drank too much, and his soul was as empty as his pockets were full. So, he eventually dropped out.
Tim Alison stopped climbing the corporate sales ladder and left the big city behind. In fact, he abandoned his adult idea of employment and moved his family to a tiny fishing town in Nova Scotia, Canada. And it was here that he started the entrepreneurial journey he’ll share with us today. He heard a lot from the naysayers at the time, but fortunately, he didn’t listen. He’s with us today to tell us why you shouldn’t listen to them either.
We’re so glad you joined us today.
Overview of the conversation:
- Getting to know Tom (3:30)
- What is success? (14:00)
- What triggered Tom to leave the corporate world (21:45)
- How he started his business (26:30)
- Executing the ideas in your head (37:00)
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