TDW #045: The (Abridged) Story of My First Exit
- Quote: good Samaritan
- Tweet: MITs
- Thought: my first exit
- Surprise: GDocs to HTML
Read Time: 4 minutes
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.
via Margaret Thatcher
My best productivity advice, in one compact tweet. I call the tasks my MITs — Most Important Tasks. Forgot where I learned that years ago. Never forgot it. How do you stay productive?
The (Abridged) Story of My First Exit
This is the Classic Cup in Kansas City.
It's where I got the check after selling my first business.
Story goes like this…
I got a call one day:
Hey, we’d like to buy your course.
“Cool,” I thought to myself. “Why don’t you just go to the website and buy it like a normal person?”
They must have sensed my irritation:
**No, you don’t understand. We’d like buy your course—the material, the lists, the paying clients, and everything attached with it.
At the time, I didn't even know you could do something like that.
Turns out you can.
And I did.
So fast forward a month to the Classic Cup…
We had a nice meal.
Towards the end, the check was slid slowly across the table.
I knew how much was on it. We’d negotiated the price well before sitting down for the celebratory lunch. It wasn’t a surprise.
But, still… wow.
I waited til I got to my car to open the envelope.
And there it was.
It wasn’t retirement money
It wasn’t FU money.
But it was a permanent reminder that I could do this.
I mean, someone else saw so much value in my business they offered to buy the whole damn thing. It was a moment I’ll never forget. I mean—how could I?
So I keep the picture above on my vision board as a reminder.
It was just a few years prior that the amount on the check sitting in my hands was more than I used to make in a whole year.
So let’s wrap up with this:
I want you to picture one, specific goal you have in mind for your business.
Humor me on this one…
Now, I want to gently remind you that whatever you envisioned is 100% possible. For you. It may take longer than you want. It may not look exactly how you pictured. The players and details might look different.
But if an ADHD-riddled, broke, former pastor with ZERO business experience can do it...
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