What drives you forward?

Last Update: July 04, 2017

I'm always interested to hear why people start their own business. Financial freedom and not having to worry about money are the obvious answers, but for me, it's always been about more than that.

I want to make the most out of this life and this is what drives me forward:

1. Never having to work in a cubicle

This is the entire reason why I started my business. I was a junior in college and had two friends come to visit. They had recently graduated and at one point, they began to brag over who worked more unpaid overtime and argued over who was the better worker.

It honestly felt like I was taking crazy pills. I couldn't believe they were debating who was the "better" worker by comparing how much time they gave up in exchange for absolutely nothing.

It was at that moment that I knew I never wanted to spend any amount of time in a cubicle and I decided to take the leap and build something for myself.

2. Getting to see the world with Amanda

This goes hand-in-hand with number one above. The greatest perk about running your own business is that you never have to ask someone else if you are allowed to take time off. Plus, you aren't limited by the number of hours in a year that you can spend out of the office.

Our goal is to travel the world as much as possible. We like to explore new countries, meet new people, and step out of our comfort zone from time to time. We know time is our most valuable resource and we want to make the most of it, together.

3. Providing a good life for my son Vincent

This little dude is only a few weeks old at this point, but Amanda and I are completely head over heels for him. Sure, sleep may be hard to come by every now and then, but getting to watch him grow up is going to be the absolute best result of running my own business.

Amanda and I will get to actively raise him. Far too often we hear from friends how their kids get dropped off at day care on their way to work, they pick them up in the evenings, and spend an hour or two at most with them before bed time.

That is insane! You are not raising a family at that point. Your children are spending all of their time with someone else. I WILL be there for my son during all stages of his life.

What drives you forward?

Family, freedom, and travel. That's what drives me to keep pushing my business forward.

What about you?

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Corya92 Premium
I already work from home full time. My company has adopted the policy of unlimited vacation. (Which I use regularly) I still have to make sure all of my projects are on track. My number 1 goal for starting this business is to make it so that my wife does not have to work part time and we can travel even more.
delby211 Premium
What drives me is similar to what drives you.

I've been blessed to be able to travel all over the US, east, west, north and south. The thought of being able to provide that freedom more often for my family is what drives me.

We live far from immediate family and would love the opportunity to spend more time with them, more than just a few days over the weekend.

Also, in these uncertain times I'm fueled by the desire to be less bound by the corporate world structure and more driven by and in pursuit of the limitless opportunities that are found in self-employment.

Like my mentor and several others say, "take action today!" Nonetheless, I must continue and know that I will succeed if I don't give up.

nono254 Premium
I have stumbled upon a book written by Charles Bukowski and it hit me. Here's what he : “How the hell could a person enjoy being awakened at 6:30AM, by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”... and it made me realize that me neither I don't want this kind of life... to lose my young days working like crazy from 7am to 8pm with neither the financial freedom nor time (although that's the only thing we have...). So I want to take a chance and go all for it!
Gazella61 Premium
Being a single mother at this stage of my life is a little challenging!
What is driving me to doing this is because I don't like working for companies and people who can care less about you, and not pay you for what you're worth. Plus, I want to be able to provide for my son, and be able to take my son and the rest of my family on fun vacations whenever I want.
Knuckles7 Premium
I would like to say for my children, but they're " GROWN" NOW!!!

I'm doing this for ME!!! I'm tired of working for someone else. I did the best I could for my children, but I've realized that they are individuals and I am not their only influence.

I'm the youngest of four, and my older sibling's are simply just nothing. They're waiting for someone to take care of them. We are all in our 50s. I don't want them to know what I'm doing, and trying to show them is a big waste of money and time for the both of us.

I want a JEEP(Automatic transmission), a LOFT, and all the TRAVEL TIME I can have. And I don't care to SHARE any of that with them. I know that sounds very selfish, but that's how my siblings have been towards me since our parents passed away some 17-18 yrs. Ago.
I need a purpose in life! Finding that is my driving force! I've worked so many jobs, inside and outside of the private sector, but have never found my "path". Now, well into my 40's, I'm looking for something more. Something that both has meaning and will be profitable. To live a life with purpose and be able to support myself is my dream!
Laurence86 Premium
What drives me? I retired recently and after paying rent and my other monthly obligations my fixed income is pretty mush gone so doing something is pretty much out of the question. If someone in my family needed help I would be be pretty much limited to giving them "moral support", That is unacceptable! I have to make this work.
Marchelle1 Premium
What drives me forward is the need to be independent of a 'boss'. I need to and have to find my way to become financially free in order to take care of myself and my family. The perks of eventually travelling the world and living in a mansion seems like a sweet enough reward at the end.
Family, freedom, and travel is exactly what drives me forward. I've never been the person that dreams of living a life of luxury surrounded by money. I would rather see the world with my fiance and daughter. I would like to wake up in the morning and cook breakfast for my family instead of grab a protein bar and race to work. Like you, I work in an office full time and my fiance works 14 hour days 6 days a week. The freedom to see them more then two hours a day and go on adventures is the only thing that drives me forward.
Edag Premium
Same with ordinary workers, I spent my early days working from 8 to 5 with no financial freedom just enough to afford the family's basic needs. And, when you aged, you realized, nothing has changed your life except for the gray and white hairs. This drives me to make a change even to start all over again to make a difference.
Elenaa Premium
Hi Steve,

I think I spent too much time in cubicles. I am one of those who were taught to work hard for other people, but never learnt how to work for themselves. It is very sad to look behind and realize how much time was lost. Maybe there is nothing wrong in working for other people, but sometimes the outcomes are different of what you expected. Mostly, what you see is that your work is taken for granted and getting more experience just makes you more and more enslaved. I want to change that... That is my Why.
MeganO7 Premium
My why: Definitely my kids I have 2 in elementary and 1 in preschool. Just being to be there for them if they need to stay home or to be the parent that goes on the field trips. Not having to ask the boss for the time off! I love serving the Lord in Ministry and this will free me up for that.Plus there is no office drama when you are an office of one. I love that I can leave my desk at home anytime I need and see something different than the same 4 walls. I am the life going by instead of watching life go by! Thanks for the post it encourages me that this life is possible we just need to work for it.
I myself would love to be my own boss and im tired of being a slave and working ech and everyday for someone. So what drives me forward is the ability to travel the world, spend time with family and to leave a legscy for my children to carry on.
Chris2005 Premium
My son is also a big drive for me. He is 12 and has never had to go to a day care or have someone else take care of him. He does spend some time away, it is his choice to spend time with his friends or family.
Working from Your home or wherever you hang your hat today is a great feeling of freedom from a 9 to 5 grind. We do travel a bit every year when school is out, he is getting to cross off a lot of states on his list.
Congratulations to you and Amanda for making this journey, it is not an easy choice.
IveTriedThat Premium
It's insane that your story is the rare one. Most people don't get to see their own kids outside an hour or two each day.
Ibhar Premium
heyy great why´s, for me is buying a house in cuernavaca and puerto vallarta, travel and have the time to spend with my family... by the way, if you want to come to mexico once, you are very welcome, the jalisco mexico shore is much much better than riviera maya...
IveTriedThat Premium
I might have to take you up on that offer over the winter.
Ibhar Premium
for sure!, my sister lives in canada and she travel here to forget winter season
NWTDennis Premium
That's a good one ... a debate over who was working more unpaid over time. That's against the law in California unless you are an "exempt" worker.

I started my career in the mid 60s and became a supervisor pretty quickly. I thought that was cool, because my boss and his boss were exempt (meaning you do not get paid for overtime). This was the classification for all managers and engineers in the organization.

Then came the 50 to 60 hour work weeks ... because I thought it was expected of me. I was paid decently, and was proud of that, but one day I calculated my equivalent hourly rate. I was shocked, and slowly broke the habit of working long hours voluntarily.

Did you complete your college degree and did that help you develop your business?
IveTriedThat Premium
I did complete it. It was in Information Technology with a focus on how to make it in a corporate setting. Suffice to say, it did not help me develop my business and I couldn't be happier.
TanyaCHA Premium
My family and my 8 years old now daughter drive me forward. I have a strong bonding with her because I am always available for her as I managed my working hours from home according to our family schedule. And of cause traveling. Having freedom managing your business from any place in the world is a dream came through.
IveTriedThat Premium
We share similar goals Tanya! You're very lucky to have spent time watching your child grow up.