Why the Heck Are We Doing This?
It's time to get real folks.
Starting a travel company is no joke. During any given week, I ask myself, "Why the heck are we doing this?" at least 5 times. The struggle and the stress are absolutely real. There's no guide for starting and growing a successful company of any kind. At the end of the day, it comes down to trusting your gut and taking some risks.
Why am I sharing this with you?
Great question. Maybe I just needed to vent or maybe you're supposed to be reading this because you're in a similar spot with your business. Regardless, we want to be transparent with our journey at Have Fun Do Good and include you in the process.
So, back to my original question..."Why the heck are we doing this?"
Impact. It's that simple.
I quit my first cubicle job to start a non-profit (The Call to Serve) with no real plan in place. All I knew was that I hated my job and was willing to do whatever it took to make my entrepreneurial dreams a reality. My friend and I drove an RV from New York City to San Diego completing volunteer projects along the way. We filmed a "documentary" (I use that term very loosely) of our travels and showed it to friends and family, college students and community groups when we got back. Little did we know, other folks would actually be inspired to join us on future RV trips, and a non-profit concept was born.
Two of our first RV participants were Ben and Anna, who now play an integral role at Have Fun Do Good. Those early trips with The Call to Serve had such an impact on both of them that they've continued to stay involved. And had I not started The Call to Serve, HFDG would just be a clever saying.
That's why the heck we're doing this!
If we're able to impact one person’s life in a positive way through Have Fun Do Good, then all of this is worth it. These trips have impacted me in a way that's tough to put into words, and I know they can have that same effect on others.
So there you have it. This job is stressful, challenging and rewarding all at once, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else with my life. I’m so thankful to have you along for the ride.
Thanks for reading. It means a lot.
PS: If you're curious about the original documentary, you can watch it here. A few things to keep in mind...the quality is pretty bad and it's way too long, but you gotta start somewhere, right?!