Bootstrap Recipe

The small business experience for us has been all about how to take ‘nothing’ and create something.  A lot of people call it bootstrapping.

If this was a cookbook, our recipe would look a bit like this:

Ingredients list:
– Time
– Health
– Character
– Imagination
– Credit
– Problem solving
– Willingness to learn
– Supportive community
– Faith in God

I’m sure I’ve left out some things, but you’ll notice a complete lack of tangibles.  Our only capital was ourselves, our friends around us, and God.

When we feel outclassed and outspent by people around us, we remember that even when our bank account is a big fat zero, we still have something to work with.  We have big dreams, and complaining about what we don’t have (although we do that sometimes) doesn’t get us there!  Sometimes we feel like we have nothing, like the day I took this screenshot of my bank account, but the truth is we have everything we need to get to the next step.



Your recipe might be a little different than ours, but when discouragement hits, we break out the bootstrap recipe.

Who do you follow?

When I was a kid I always looked up to the ‘old guys’ at my childhood church.  I respected the bone crushing handshakes, and later the guys who knew what they stood for and could stand their ground in a tough situation.

There’s always been someone in my life that I was close to and respected without question.  My youth group leaders, then my parents’ pastor, then the pastor of my college church, then my boss at my day job, among others.

Recently I’ve found myself in a place where the leaders all around me are getting closer and closer to my age.  I have kids.  I own a business.  I don’t always agree with the people around me. Life is a little less black and white and a bit more colorful.  Instead of just following people around me, I’m learning that I have to make many of my own decisions.

Maybe someday I’ll be the cool old guy with the tough handshake, and some kid will be looking up to me. I hope I know where I’m going by then.