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The Quick and Dirty: Why and How I Decided to Build Startup Dad Headquarters

The Quick and Dirty: Why and How I Decided to Build Startup Dad Headquarters
August 12, 2014

The Quick and Dirty: Why and How I Decided to Build Startup Dad Headquarters

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Hey my Startup Dads,
It’s 7am EST and I’m getting ready to take my 3 girls to tennis and swimming lessons but wanted to answer the question, that I’ve been asked multiple times in the past few weeks, which is “Why and How did I decide to build Startup Dad Headquarters. Which I must say is a great question and of course typically followed by another great question How will you make money? So I’ve become very astute at answering both of these. So here is the answer to the first question:

**Delayed Post Update : it’s actually 3:15pm now. Half way through writing this post, this morning, my wife walked into the office to talk. So you know I had to stop and listen. You know what they say: Happy Wife Happy Life! It was a good convo and well worth the delayed post** Okay, continuing post…

I Had to Stop Talking About It:
For years I would talk to friends and family members about one day starting my own business. Of course I had no clue what exactly that entailed or what sort of business I wanted to start. I had ideas but nothing concrete. So the first thing I had to do was stop talking about starting my business and start taking actions towards actually starting it. I had to put the stake in the ground and take that first step.

See my past post on Making a Choice – Decide!

What to Build:
The next and probably the hardest step was figuring out what it was that I wanted to build/create. I have a passion for a lot of things and I’ve been told that I’m good at a number of things such as: Instructing, Listening, Problem Solving, Creating Things, Dancing and anything related to technology or gadgets. I like to say, give me 10 minutes with any gadget and I’m sure I can teach you something new or show you a feature that you didn’t even know was possible.

Notice that writing was not on that list so hopefully I still have your attention.

This quote summarize perfectly what I wanted with my business.

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.James A. Michener

Each of the activities I mentioned above I absolutely enjoy engaging in, can do for hours upon hours and can think of various business ventures where either one or a group of them can be applied. So picking one business venture, one target audience, one focus was very challenging for me and when you combine that with my need for Perfection you can see how it took me a very, very LONG time to make a decision.

How I Arrived at Startup Dad Headquarters:
I was listening to the Eventual Millionaire Podcast with Jaime Tardy and she was interviewing Dan Miller the author of 48 Days To The Work You Love and right away I knew that my prayers were being answered. Even before the interview had ended I went online and ordered it.

The book arrived in just under 24 hours, gotta love Amazon Prime, and I tore through it like a man on a mission. In short, it helped me take an introspective look at my past, my skills, my passions, all the things that I’m good at and all the things people seek me out for. Quite frankly it helped me to find my CALLING. I know it sounds a little lofty that one book could do so much but trust me when I say this book did exactly that and more, for me!

Few categories of our lives define us and grow us spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and as people. Our work is one of those defining areas. Sadly, a ˜j-o-b’ is what most people settle for. But as Dan Miller so powerfully points out in 48 Days to the Work You Love, a calling lights up your life.Dave Ramsey

It is important that I mention that going through this book required WORK! and even though I tore through it like a mad man it was not easy and it absolutely took me more than 48 days. But I didn’t go into this lightly so I was completely determined to put in the work with full faith that at the end of the journey I would have clarity.

And with that clarity came Startup Dad Headquarters where I will be “Exploring The Intersection Between Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and Life with the vision of “Inspiring one small business launch every single day – by Fathers Everywhere!

Question: Where are you on the journey?
a) Having a tough time starting the journey? Still talking about various business ideas.
b) The Stake is in the ground but can’t figure out which direction to take or where to start.
c) You’ve narrowed it down but not sure if it will be a viable business.

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PSSDelayed Post Update #2 : It’s now actually 6:45pm EST. All I have to say is #StartupDadLife 😉

My girls after an awesome swimming lesson:

My little mermaids

My little mermaids

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