mm hey it's robert from feeding factory and I want to talk to you about a big mistake that I made early in my entrepreneurial career, I fell into what I call the trap of the working wealthy. Now when I started as an entrepreneur it was because I had to change my station in life, I really wanted to, Benjamin franklin defined a self made man as someone that wants to change their station in life and through integrity, hard work and perseverance, they can do that and that really resonated with me. So I pretty much worked All day every day and entrepreneurship in the early 90s wasn't considered cool, like it is now it was, I remember I had a girlfriend think that an entrepreneur was a shyster which broke my heart and I knew I wanted to change my station in life and I knew a regular job wasn't gonna work for me and I worked some regular jobs and I would work ding to dong or all day and I would just keep working hard and you know as the successes piled up, you know, I kept ramping up and I would have more employees and I would have more revenue and I would have more team but The thing that was interesting about it is I still worked all day every day, I work ding dong or 9-9 and all I did was work and it was interesting because you know the the marks of my car changed, you know, I I was driving forward and then I was you know driving a japanese car and then I was driving a Porsche and then, you know, and I had more bedrooms in my house, I wasn't living in a Studio, I was living in a duplex, I wasn't living in a duplex, I was living in a big house, it was a pain to take care of.
And although the numbers of bedrooms changed in, the mark of my car changed, my behavior, didn't I still went to work 9-9 every day and I don't know if I was actually enjoying my life any more than I was when I was getting started. And so I was still doing the same thing and I didn't realize that I needed to create more freedom in my life to be able to do what mattered most to me, being able to drop my son off at school or being able to be there for a sports game or be able to be, you know, where where is it important for a friend, whether it's a wedding or whatever the case, maybe I needed to be able to have the freedom to choose. And I didn't create that freedom to choose in my life. Now, I would encourage you as an entrepreneur not to make the same mistakes as me and to really take accountability for your own choices because our work and our business is here to serve us, we're not here to serve them. And so if your business is no longer serving you or you're thinking about taking it to market, or you have questions about what it's worth or what market conditions are.