I had the privilege recently of meeting with a distinguished businessman. And no, I didn’t go to a nursing home to see this gentleman. Bill is now 81 years old but came to my office with a very big business proposal for a joint venture that would gain full benefit in the next 3-5 years. He had a spring in his step and a sparkle in his eyes – obviously enjoying every minute of our business discussion.
In asking a little about his background, Bill shared that he had some early successes in business and “retired” to an island just off the east coast in 1991 – eighteen years ago at the age of 63. He had achieved the success he was looking for and would never have to worry about money again. And then he told me, “Living on that island was the most miserable four years of my life.” He returned to his roots in business and re-engaged in the daily challenges that drove him previously.
His summary of what happened was simply – “Never catch the fox.” What do the hounds do if they ever catch the fox, or what does a dog do if he actually catches the car? Watch them sit down and lose interest quickly. Cervantes said, “The road is better than the inn.”
Don’t think reaching your goal is the only thrill. Understand that the process of getting there is actually more thrilling than arriving. I loved Bill’s gentle reminder to me to not just dream of the future – but to savor today. Enjoy every step of your journey!