10 years ago today we started Fetch and I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey. There is so much I want to say about the last decade. However, the one constant, through all of the ups and downs, has been me being humbled on a regular occurrence.
Humility is not complicated, it is multifaceted. There are so many intricacies between being humble, being humbled and having humility, that the result of each is often confused as a positive or negative thing. Over the past 10 years I have experienced all of the above. The reality is, if you are lucky, humility is a gift that keeps on giving. The key is to have the right perspective. Here are a few humbling lessons I have identified as I reflect on my journey over the past 10 years.
I Have an Awesome Responsibility
I am blown away by the amount of people who have entrusted me with their livelihood. From my co-founder to employees to clients, each one of them trusted me to live up to my end of the bargain. In the times when the answer was not always clear, the collective power of your confidence provided fuel to find the correct path. I am truly humbled by the responsibility you have given me to contribute to your vision, lead your careers and grow your businesses.
My Network is My Net Worth
I have accumulated some dope people over the past 10 years. While I definitely have not lacked confidence during this journey, there is nothing more powerful than the people that you admire and look up to holding you in the same regard. For me, it always starts with my family. While I can write a whole blog series on how amazing they are, I will just say they represent the standard of which all other things are measured and leave it at that. Lucky for me, in addition to having said family, I have met equally impressive professionals who have rounded out my circle. While knowing these phenomenal people is great, they have also dedicated countless hours of listening, advising and contributing to my journey. My growth as an individual and professional is a direct result of time spent with them. I am humbled that you have found me worthy of your time.
It is Bigger Than Me
Let’s be real, I was 25 when I started this company. I am sure it comes as no surprise that the perceived earning potential, bravado and autonomy played a small role in me pursuing entrepreneurship. However, as the years progressed and as I matured, my mission became more clear. I am a husband and father now. While all of the points made throughout this blog definitely apply to my wife and daughter, there is more to be said to them. My wife has been with me through almost the entirety of this journey. Through all of the ups and downs, never once has she faltered or doubted the vision. As we proceed together in this, our daughter will also be looking to us as examples of how to manage success, persevere through failure and handle it all with humility. I don’t even know how to begin to quantify that. While I don’t expect it to be perfect, I do expect it to be humbling along the way. Quite frankly, I’m cool with that.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Stay humble. -EC