I don’t know for sure but I have no recollection of it not being part of me, this insatiable curiosity about business. It was always there this innate desire to understand why people purchased, how successful business were run, why some seemed to keep growing and others would get stuck, why some seemed to always need money and others didn’t, and why some seemed like only 1 or 2 people could make decisions and others were different.
At six years old, I remember loving being around the business meetings my parents had in our home, listening to audios of business gurus of the time riding in the car or stocking shelves, going to out of town conventions with them dressed in a 3 piece suit and sitting in the room listening to the keynote speakers for hours. (I know I know strange kid…) I remember helping setup product demonstrations and loved the times I got to do them for prospects, checking in inventory for their business, handling money, and seeing the business expand and all the while feeling a sense of pride as kid for the role I played. I loved every minute of it and it was a fascination that never went away.
Fast forward a few years and I decided to work full time while in college and in a matter of months wind up shifting into a role with responsibility and decision making power well beyond my years that opened a path and a career beyond what I even thought possible at the time. That continued for years to come as I increased my knowledge, honed communication skills, expanded my network, built business after business and came to understand the intricacies of the fundamentals across Marketing, Sales, Ops, Finance, Legal, etc. and how those each intersected resource allocation, strategic planning, raising capital, corporate valuation, competition, and innovation.