At church a little while back I was reintroduced to a gentleman named Roger. We had met once or twice before but never really connected about anything beyond who we were and what we did.
On this particular Sunday I was busy greeting at the door and was pleased to see that Roger dropped his wife off and then went and parked. It was a miserably cold day but as Roger walked in he greeted me with a warm handshake a gentle smile.
A little while later I noticed Roger sitting in a comfy chair drinking some coffee and I went up to say hi. After a little small talk I asked him how many businesses he had started in his career as an entrepreneur. He smiled and said, "7".
Then I saw someone pulling up in front of church so I had to run over and open the door for them. I was a greeter after all. Lots of smiles and "welcome to church" greetings.
I went back over to Roger and asked him how many of those 7 business that he started are still operational. He smiled and again said, "7". The first words out of my mouth were, "Can I take you out for a cup of coffee?"
Roger actually came to my studio and we sat and talked about life and business for close to 2 hours. He is the kind of man I want to grow up to be someday. He loves his God, his wife, his children, and working really hard for his entire life. Roger's idea of retirement is running 1 or 2 businesses rather than 7. I love that.
Roger and men like him have so much to teach me— and frankly anyone else who will listen. I want to continue to surround myself with incredible people like Roger for the rest of my life. And maybe. Just maybe. If I spend my life learning from people like him I will be able to be of some help to a young 30 year old entrepreneur someday.