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You already know that I won the business lottery!
[Let’s face it, some guys have all the luck: It took me just 7 years to build a $7 million real-estate, business, and investment portfolio from worse than scratch (I was $30k in debt when I started). Then, I managed to sell my businesses (in the USA, Australia and New Zealand) just before the market crashed. On the other hand, I’m only 5 ft 4 inches tall and balding … so, things have a way of balancing themselves out.]
So, now I get lots of people who are clearly excited when they tell me that they are “also in business” … except that they aren’t!
Mostly, they’re just working 60 to 80 hours a week – on little to no pay – for the toughest boss of all: themselves.
Worse … their spouses!
Let me give you a couple of real-life examples that should help to explain:
Peter Hastings, who already owns the antiques store right next door, opens a sandwich shop at 2264 North Lincoln Avenue. A quaint sandwich shop that he decorates with many of the items from his antique store. The shop thrives and provides Peter with a nice income for the next 20 years, when he sells it. Peter, with his two little businesses, has carved out a nice niche for himself. He was careful with his money, both before and after ‘retirement’, so – after 20+ years of hard but fulfilling work – he can finally afford to take it a little easier.
Bryant Keil buys a sandwich shop; it’s uniquely (and, quaintly) decorated, it’s in a nice location, had one owner who is selling in order to wind down a little after ‘working’ the business for 20 years. Bryant buys the little shop and develops a franchise model around it. Within 10 years, Bryant has “over 200 stores, in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Kentucky, and Wisconsin.” Bryant is now a billionaire.
So, if you own a little sandwich shop – or, the online equivalent (here’s how you spell it: B-L-O-G) – don’t bother me with the details … it’s nice that you’re keeping yourself busy, but I’ll get bored listening to your story.
But, if you’re working on the next Potbelly Sandwich Works – or, the online equivalent (F-A-C-E-B-O-O-K) – drop me a line and don’t spare the gory details … I’m listening to every single word you say!