When I was a little boy, I said I wanted to be an inventor when I grew up. I dreamed about owning my own engineering company. I was fascinated by electronics, robotics, and how things worked. I liked to create. Very few dreams of our childhood come true and that’s not necessarily bad. For a good time, I thought I wanted to be a police officer. Looking back, I probably wanted more so to be looked up to and admired, as I admired the heroic remodels of my childhood.
I debated a while about writing this post, but in the end, I already decided long ago that holding back wasn’t an option. This is me. And today I share my first company: Pregame Beverages LLC. Originally I thought to entitle the post “I’m CEO Bitch…” But I thought that too brash.
It’s funny sometimes how what seems to be a random walk from dot to dot can turn into a beautiful picture. Nearly over a year ago, I began to toy around with the idea of creating a product that would help with the effects of hangover. Call it a hangover cure, hangover remedy, hangover potion; whatever, the basis of the idea was a handful of supplements that I had come across that had been known to help with hangover. After spending a few months researching, reading medical research reports and studies, digging into the market, and understanding the anatomy of a hangover, I decided to continue to pursue the idea. What’s the worst that could happen!?…
From my research I developed of concoction of common supplements that anyone could purchase from GNC and tested various combinations. I told myself that if nothing comes from this little project of mine, that at the very least I’d have fun and learn from it; testing was certainly fun ;-). Though anyone can buy supplements, the problem is that the formula needed to be refined; who wants to take a dozen pills before going out?
Once I felt comfortable with the direction I wanted to take, I approached several manufacturers about creating such a product. Eight months later, half a dozen vendors, and dozens of revisions, I finally have a product I can call mine, PRE|GAME: The Anti-Hangover Energy Shot (www.drinkPREGAME.com)!
Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get when you start moving in a direction, but that’s not what’s important; what’s important is that you start moving and keep moving. I didn’t want to end up being that guy that said, “I wish I had thought of that,” or “I wish I had tried that,” or “I wish I had taken more risks when I was younger.” If not for anything else, I pursued this to prove to myself that I am capable of creating… and much more. The moments of joy and excitement I’ve felt throughout this process have been worth it enough. At times I’ve felt like the little boy running home to mom, showing off his macaroni artwork, hoping it’s worthy of making it on the fridge. (I suppose it’s no coincidence that my mom was my first customer!)
We tend to forget that life is a journey and we focus on the end result, allowing ourselves to be deterred if we don’t think our end result is possible. I too have fallen victim to this. Do I think this is my path to unlimited riches? I don’t know. Do I think I’ll be the next 5 Hour Energy? I doubt it. But as long as I continue to work toward my goals and ensure I’m having fun along the way, I know I’m doing something right.
If you have 20 minutes to take out of your day, I recommend watching the following video, a commencement speech given by Neil Gaiman. It’s been proclaim as one of the best commencement speeches ever given, next to Steve Jobs of course! It echoes many of the underlying life themes that I’ve experienced and inspires you to continue down the road less traveled.
I used to have the following sentence scrawled across the white board in my room:
“Es el viaje que es lo mas importante, no es el destino.”
It’s the journey that is most important, not the destination.
Pursue your goals and dreams, but don’t forget to fully experience the process along the way, the journey.