A 30-something entrepreneur sat across the table from me explaining how his grandfather broke into the used car business in the early '60s. He told me that his grandfather "bought his first block of cars at eight years old. He had the odometers chopped, then sold them and made a ton of money." Back then, he said, it was easier to add "value" to a pre-owned vehicle by rolling back the odometers than to purchase and resell quality, used cars. "People didn't know any better," he explained.
Anyway you cut that, it's fraud, theft and downright dishonesty.
Entrepreneurs want their first product to sell millions, recording artists want their first album to sell millions and evangelists want their sermons to win millions. It's the American way -- dream big, live big, be big. But too often people have gotten off track, scammed, schemed and snaked their way to the top. But at what cost? How much does your integrity cost? Is chasing your dream just about "arriving," or is about taking risks, setting goals, stepping out, working hard and seeing those first fruits?
For me, it's about freedom to explore the world and culture when I want, to exchange in the marketplace of ideas how I want and to experience the flexibility of working when I want.
What drives you?
My motivation is authentic conversation. I love to hear people echo my thoughts; I love to know I've had a positive impact on people. My children will not be telling others that I became a success by becoming a crook. With hard work, my wife's encouragement and God's grace, I will achieve my dream.