The San Francisco Bay Area, more specifically the Santa Clara Valley AKA Silicon Valley, is known throughout the world as the place where the future is created. It’s tech Mecca.
Technology is not the only reason The Bay Area is creating the future. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in all areas of life, from food to wellness.
The coolest thing about being an entrepreneur is that you get to make up what you want the future to be like. As Steve Jobs said:
Life was made up by people that were no smarter than you.
You really do get to make up what life looks like!
At age 16 one of my best mates, Fergus Gool, told me that his dream was to be a hermit on a tropical island. That was his vision for his ideal future.
Would that guy get voted most likely to succeed? Probably not. The captain of the football team probably would. I have no idea what the captain of the football team is doing right now but Fergus is a successful entrepreneur. He has created his ideal future.
Fergus is the creator and owner of Awera Island surf camp, on, “an unspoilt, tropical island located in the middle of the most wave rich region on the planet…. surrounded by white sand beaches, coral reefs and of course world class waves.” It’s a guest house in surf Mecca; the Mentawai Islands off the South-West coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.
That’s what Ferg did and now I want to share a story about what Ferg didn’t do. And this is critical to creating the future you love….
Right before the housing market crashed, a bunch of people were telling him that he should do the sensible thing and buy a house instead of invest in a pipe dream. It all sounded so reasonable. Ferg was nearly convinced. The doubting voices were getting to him, the saboteurs, sabotaging his ideal future. Fortunately his passion was too strong. He didn’t listen to them. Ferg invested in his business, backed his dream, and used his passion to fuel the tenacity that entrepreneurs need to create something out of nothing, to create the future. Look who’s laughing now.
Fergus is my definition of a successful entrepreneur. He hasn’t made the most money but entrepreneurship, in my book at least, isn’t about making the most money. You are creating the future for #@*%$ sake. Why not create the future you want to live in?!?
What’s most important to you? What does the future you want to create look like?
That’s why I love what I do. I get to work with you on creating it 🙂 🙂