October 1, 2018
I read a post recently that struck me big-time. It included a story that you’ll read a little further down. At first, the post just made me smile. But then the real message broke clean through my hard head, telling me that the announcement I am about to make is my true, unequivocal, and long-awaited destination for which my 35-year career has built, trained, and blessed me to reach.
But first, the story.
In 1934, a gentleman named Robert Pirosh walked away from his Madison Avenue life with three things (and hopefully, some clothes): a letter; a list of addresses; and a dream of writing Hollywood film scripts. Now, I’ve removed a few sentences as the intent is pretty easy to see. But I’ve linked and sourced the full letter if you choose to read on. But not before you finish reading my blog, please.
Following are excerpts from Mr. Pirosh’s letter:
I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. (See the full letter here.)
I decided to quit my job in New York and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around.
I have just returned and I still like words.
May I have a few with you?”
The list of addresses Robert carried were for studio execs. MGM hired him shortly after his arrival in Hollywood and he won his first Oscar fifteen years later. He struck gold because he was, obviously, amazing at what he loved to do. He had a passion for using his talents and seeing his dream come true. And he had an unrelenting belief in himself that he could make it happen. If that ain’t inspiring, I don’t know what is.
Not exactly an Oscar-winner . . . yet, but I “get” Robert. 84 years after he wrote this letter, I can reach inside his mind and see and feel the incessant pounding that drove him to do something others might have considered crazy. Well, Robert, I’m right there with you.
For my first official Blog, I am announcing that working in corporate America, decidedly, is not for me. But finding and serving true leaders within organizations—each of whom had their own “Robert” experience and followed it—is. So, I hope everyone reading this will join in my celebration as I shoot for my dream with the tremendous support of my family, friends, and many colleagues with whom I’ve had the honor to work.
As of today, I have formally launched my own company, ResoundInc, LLC. I’m not going to spend a lot of time here describing the company for the simple reason that you had BETTER click on this link and read-through every page . . . (ahem) please.
I will, however, briefly share why this moment is so meaningful to me.
- One, it’s time I work for myself. ‘Nuff said.
- Two, I’ve had decades of success working for a company here or a client there. Everyone who knows me, though, knows I don’t like to dabble. I either put the entirety of my might, passion, and energy into it or I find something else that deserves what I have to give.
- Three, the business model I’ve developed gives me an opportunity to work with people who fill my heart with utter joy and great inspiration. As you view my site, many of you will see names very familiar to you. Yep, a new gang of the old gang is back!
- Four, I’m planning to work with the visionaries, the leaders, the true entrepreneurs who are inspired to craft the companies of tomorrow as our focus is solely on emerging to mid-size organizations.
- And five, I truly believe God has each of us on a journey of His choosing. My conviction for doing this and doing it better than anyone else is a testament to my belief that I’m on the path for which I was destined.
I’ve gotta’ be honest, though . . . it’s frightening as heck. But the thrill of the journey makes it one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.
So, to my family and friends; to my LinkedIn connections I know well and those who connected with me because we both know the same four people; and to my new site and Blog followers, I invite you to join me on my journey and I ask for your best wishes, your prayers, and—of course—any leads you can give me once you see our target markets.
With that ask, I’ll return my very best to all of you. So many of you played a role in helping me get to this point over the last 30 years. I appreciate each of you more than you will ever know. Now, as they say in Texas, let’s get to some “bidness!”
Thanks for reading. Until next week.