I’m overlooking the rows of carefully manicured vines of Ravine Vineyard, taking a sip of a Riesling that is being paired with the smoked carrot soup purée that will soon arrive. I can’t help but think back at this time last year when I was stuck in a corporate gig feeling emotionally and physically drained. I spoke with a member of my Mastermind Group and confessed I was unhappy and in dire need of a change. He asked me a very simple but profound question: “If money was not an issue, what do you picture yourself doing?” I thought for a moment and the answer was easy: writing and public speaking. “That’s what you need to do.” he said. As I’m writing this, U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is playing in the background, a reminder that I didn’t know what I was looking for till I was asked that simple question. Being in a small intimate group of like-minded peers allowed me to get clarity in my life.
Nirvana is now playing and Kurt is singing over and over: “Don’t expect me to cry.” Was I going to cry because I was not enjoying my life? No! I was going to change it! I now had my sights set on writing and public speaking. The thing about setting goals inside a Mastermind Group is you have to follow through. What was my plan? I didn’t have one yet, but I gave myself a deadline of September to start something new. I quit my job, giving the company ample time to prepare for my departure with the smallest impact. During this time, I spoke with Julian of the Channelnext events and we discussed my experiences being a VAR who transformed into an MSP while living in Mexico who finally sold his company. While at the ChannelNext event in Blue Mountain, Ontario, during the Karaoke competition, I decided to register varmastermind.com based on the intuition that it was something I wish I had when I was an VAR/MSP. Little did I know that this project would soon gain serious traction!