As Hurricane Irma barrels closer and closer to Florida, it’s really hard to tell what type of impact the storm will actually have.
On the one hand, I grew up in The Sunshine State, and every year there was a storm that promised to devastate the peninsula. Usually, it just meant a few days off from school and a shortage of bottled water at the grocery store.
This storm feels different. Scientists are claiming it’s the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic.
Last night my mom called me and asked for a pretty important favor: she is flying to Florida last-minute to help evacuate my 90+ year-old great-grandparents from South Florida before it gets really bad. She wanted me to come.
When she originally asked me to go, I have to admit, I did hesitate. I had to hang up and call her back. I had to think about it.
I have a full week of meetings and other things planned. It’s not that I don’t want to go help my grandparents. I just don’t want to let people down who I’ve already made commitments to.
Business must keep flowing, right?
But when I really thought about it, the answer was exceedingly clear.
At the end of the day, this is why we choose entrepreneurship over everything else.
We take the risk to employ ourselves and others so that we can have the freedom to put life on hold if needed.
We reserve the right to make the critical decisions for ourselves and our families without having to say “no” out of obligation to someone else’s bottom line.
Freedom of choice is the single value that defines the entrepreneurial spirit.
With that, I’m on my way to catch an early morning flight from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale.
I’ll update you from the road.