Standing atop the 14,200 “milk bottle” summit of Starlight Peak, we watched the sun continue the last hour of its descent over the mountains to the west. We knew we had at least eight hours of descent to base camp – most of which would now be done with headlamps in the black of a moonless night.
Although we summited via a different route than we were to descend, I had gone this route a few years before. But now a night descent would be a test of my memory.
By David Rich, an EO Spain – Barcelona member and managing partner of Twig Lane Group, LLC.
The best thing I ever did for my business was leave. I don’t mean sell the company … I mean go far, far away for an extended period of time.
In 2012, I decided to do what entrepreneurs do best— I took a leap of faith and moved. My good friend and mentor, Verne Harnish, was living in Barcelona, Spain, at the time, and he raved about its budding entrepreneurial community, perfectly situated between the mountains and the Mediterranean. It sounded tempting, but I was nervous: Would my clients and employees think I was checking out? Could my business survive if I were thousands of miles away? Would my children’s education be on par with their current schooling? There was a lot to be worried about, but I knew that I would regret it if I didn’t make the move.
By David Niu, an EO Seattle member and the founder of TINYpulse.com
They say entrepreneurship is all about taking risk. In February, I took a big one: I sold everything, stuffed the rest into storage and bought one-way tickets to New Zealand for my wife, my then 10-month-old daughter and myself. After starting and managing two companies in the past 13 years, I decided to take a much-needed “career-cation” and travel around the world for six months. My goal: To create lifelong experiences with my family, while soul searching about the next chapter of my life and entrepreneurial journey.
By Dave Ansett, an EO Melbourne member
As client budgets shrink, staff redundancies take hold and the daily perks of working for a dynamic business evaporate, entrepreneurs face the challenge of keeping their staff motivated, positive and bursting with enthusiasm. While there’s no single, simple answer to the challenge, one of the most successful drivers of our company’s positive work culture is our staff incentive program.
By Kirk Brand Coburn, CEO and managing director of TEN Energy Labs
My runner came into the 50-mile aid station 14 pounds dehydrated. He had lost more than 10 percent of his body weight in the past 12 hours. The on-site doctor was concerned that he would not be able to rehydrate to complete the last half of the infamous Leadville Trail 100 ultra-marathon.
By Mark Graham, an EO Toronto member and president of Right Sleeve Marketing, Inc.
A few years ago, my family and I rented a cottage in rural France for a month. It happened at a hectic time in our personal and business lives, and I felt that going away for an extended break would give me some much needed perspective.
At the time, I had fallen into the common entrepreneurial trap of no longer being able to see the forest for the trees. I own a promotional products company, and after five years of running the business, I was starting to lose steam. Some time off was what we needed, but not the average “let’s take the family to Disneyland” kind of trip. We wanted to get away and really enjoy life by living in another country, away from the normal tourist attractions and without any formal agenda.
By Pritam Doshi, an EO Bombay member and managing director of PAE, Ltd., one of the largest distributors of lead storage batteries in India.
Did you know that in -38°C (-36.4°F) weather, the human body burns 5,000 calories a day just to stay warm? That’s the weight-loss program of a lifetime! It’s also one of the many things you endure when you climb your way to the North Pole.
By Anuj Agarwal, an EO Nepal member and managing director of the Vishal Group, LTD
We were 11,000 feet in the air on a 20-year-old plane, passing through mountains so close I could count the leaves on the trees. I knew that I had finally gone over the edge. I was surrounded by my EO brothers, very nervous but also excited about the journey of a lifetime we were about to experience.