“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
As a kid, I dreamed of becoming a pastor.
Of course, I had no idea why or how, but the younger version of me saw my future as a leader of a church, helping to see people be encouraged in their faith. I was inspired by the pastors around me, who invested in a little kid that couldn’t sit still. I was inspired to be a pastor because that was the only experience I had of my life being changed.
But now, nearly a decade later, my eyes are set upon entrepreneurship, education, and technology.
The thing is, I was never interested in becoming a pastor for a love of theology or apologetics, similar to the way that I’m not interested in business for a love of money. The dream of being a pastor hasn’t disappeared from me, but it’s pivoted over the last few years to look different, keeping the same core passion that existed in me as a kid; to make a difference in people’s lives. And the more I’ve thought about things, the more I see business and entrepreneurship as my way to make that difference.
“Business is one of the last remaining social institutions to help us manage and cope with change. The Church is in decline in the developed world, ceding leadership to a materialism of unprecedented proportions. City Hall is subservient to the economic interest of its constituencies. That leaves business. Business, however, has a tendency to become tainted with the greed and aggressiveness that at its best it channels into productivity. Left to its single-minded pseudo-Darwinian devises, it may never deliver the social benefits that the other fading institutions once promised. But, rather than give up on business, I look to it as a way, indirectly, of improving things for many, not just a lucky few. I accept its limitations and look for opportunities to use it positively. In the US, the rules of business are like the laws of physics, neither inherently good nor evil, to be applied as you may. You decide whether your business is constructive or destructive. I help people understand this and express themselves in what they do, trying to make a difference in the world through business.” – Randy Komisar
The core of what I want to do is to make a difference in the way that people see and believe in themselves. When I think of what I do and what I am going to do, I think of a variety of different things. But I do these things with a common driving factor that is close to who I am.