As a small business owner and father of four busy children, I rarely find time for reflection, but when I do I’m often surprised at something I learn, recognize or see in a new perspective. As my business approaches the twentieth anniversary of its formation (est. New Years Eve, 1994), and simultaneously launches a re-branding exercise, we brainstormed that a blog post reflecting on these milestones would be timely.
After twenty years, you definitely accumulate a lot of stories—some funny, like having our new Pakistani contractor teach us curses in Urdu over lunch; some sad like a death in the family or customer-base; even some a little scary: like a naïve employee innocently bringing a gun to work! But I could fill pages with that stuff and struggle to find a message or key learning.