That’s me. Matt Burr. I was born and raised in Southern California and now I live in Texas. I’ve been working with databases and business intelligence for the last 18 years, and I’ve been pretty successful at it.
But somehow, I don’t think I was meant to do just this. I’m after something better, something greater; I’m after a life of purpose and meaning. I believe that to accomplish this objective, I need a greater degree of freedom than I can attain as a “captive employee”.
Don’t get me wrong! I’ve had a great adventure and been tremendously blessed over the years. I’ve worked at corporations large and small, in start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. I’ve enjoyed the blessings of a steady salary and great benefits. I’m grateful for all I’ve experienced and learned.
But to accomplish what I’m really here to do in this life, I need to be the master of my fate. I believe the best path to do that in business is the path of the entrepreneur. On this path, I will strive to discover my purpose, what I was uniquely sent here to do in this life, and then use the talents and gifts I possess to serve others. I want to look back at the end of my life and know that I’ve changed the world for the better.
To help me achieve that vision, I’ve enrolled in a degree program through BYU-Idaho. This semester, I’m taking a course in entrepreneurship, and that’s the genesis of this blog. This is my Entrepreneur’s Journal: a place for me to record lessons I learn and questions I have as I continue on my path as an entrepreneur.
This week, being the first week of the semester, most everything has focused on introductions: what’s the course about, what can we expect to learn, what’s expected of us, and so on. Part of that introduction, though, involves learning a little more about entrepreneurship and what it entails.
I read several talks and memos and watched several videos, from which I learned the following:
- I am here at school to make the best of myself, to consecrate myself. Consequently, I should challenge myself to grow; I shouldn’t look for the simple way just to get a grade. I want to transform myself and grow myself so that I can make a difference in the world after school.
- There are three questions that I will ask myself at the end of life, and my entrepreneurial journey will help me answer those questions positively:
- Did I accomplish something meaningful?
- Was I a good person?
- Who did I love, and who loved me?
- I am part of a network of people, and I should make sure that I am partaking of and contributing of that network. I need to get outside of myself and recognize that there are other people out there who can help me and provide valuable information. I also need to be aware of how I behave and whether I am contributing to their journeys.
- Do what I love. Don’t worry about the money. It may or may not come, but do what I love.
- Do my very best. The Lord expects a lot of me, and I’m up to the challenge. It’s not because I’m smarter; it’s because I persist in doing good.
- Tap into the help of others who have gone before and can offer tools and advice to help.
- We are all born entrepreneurs; it’s in our heritage
- People are aware of me and looking to decide whether I’m somebody that’s worth their time and attention. I become that by living a life of substance and being somebody people can rely on and enjoy working with.
- My network is important. It provides valuable information, but it’s important to ask the right questions about where I should invest my time and skills.