[tweetmeme source=”cbyndas” only_single=false]Friends of mine tell me that you know you have “arrived” in life when you have challenged the status quo at a level that creates a critic who will go all out to attack what it is that you do. In our tabloid based society I think this is true.
So how have I become famous?
Years ago I took a gamble and joined a company that challenged the notion that individuals who had an interest in launching a healthcare recruiting business had the best chance of doing that with a franchise. I believed in the fact that there could be another option, an option to be independent but connected to resources. For a lack of words I was a part of launching an “anti-franchise” option within the multi-billion dollar staffing industry.
It soon became the Cinderella story; through the efforts of an entire team of people, an idea became a beautiful reality. We had found the “pixy dust”; the magic was in the independence. We launched hundreds of businesses, providing tools, guidance, and resources; but all were independent, no one paid royalties or had to answer to the corporate offices. Our concept worked, and the proof was in the number of businesses within our group that experienced quarter over quarter growth.
But wait this is not what made me famous…
What landed me in the internet hall of fame is that fact that some people that we believed in made bad personal choices. They launched a business full aware of the risk and hard work involved but not willing to make sacrifices needed to make it successful. Thus the story of our success has become one that includes a few “bad eggs”. These were the very individuals that were excited about the independence up until the point they had to be independently responsible for their success. This small population of people who never achieved their goals were often the ones who thought that buying a business would somehow solve a primary issue in their lives, like a marriage that was failing, underlying emotional issues, or were just trying to bridge time until they could find another job.
Thus the source of my internet fame. Ah to be famous…anyone want my autograph?