In the entrepreneurial world we talk a lot about taking action instead of thinking something to death, making a commitment and following through, and the talent entrepreneurs have to “make something happen.” We also talk about the strangulation that comes to our lives and our businesses when we don’t manage our time well or get lost in the fear that keeps us from taking a big scarey step. We talk about the “bright shiny object syndrome” that sometimes paralyzes self-employed business owners from ever taking action that creates the income and life they truly want.
This past week I lost a talented, committed, and hard-working friend whose work I personally benefitted from. Darrell Bunch not only almost lived with us for 4 months last summer as he gutted and renovated our Knoxville home, he taught me over and over again about commitment, follow-through, preserverence, always making one’s best effort, and showcasing one’s talent in the service of others. His loss in a single quick moment stunned me, and brought home to me yet again that there is no benefit to waiting for what you want to create in your life. Darrell didn’t wait – he threw himself into whatever the day brought him with full commitment and a love of his work and his life that was an honor to see. He told me several times, “In my work, you’re either a hero or a zero, and I want to be my customer’s hero.” That was his commitment to himself and his work, and it stands as a tall lesson for his wife and 3 children now that he is gone.
Darrell loved his work and loved his life. He took joy from serving others. If an idea came to him about how to build something a little differently and better, he took action right then and there. By the time our home was pulled back together at the end of last summer I couldn’t walk through the house without stopping to admire cabinetry or some other feature Darrell had crafted for us. We missed Darrell and his small talk and smiles – heck, even our dogs missed seeing Darrell. He did what every good entrepreneur should do – he made friends of his clients and he did a stellular job. Darrell was expert in remodeling, building customer relationships, sharing joy, and taking action. Needless to say, many self-employed entrepreneurs can learn from his life.
Whatever it is that you are waiting for in your life or in your business, take action today toward making it happen. Even Darrell’s accident and death teaches me the lesson of not waiting. Darrell didn’t wait, he created. My life is much the richer for his actions and his love of life. We would all be blessed to have our clients say the same about us.