In 2006, I looked down from the summit of the world. It was a sunny day and, standing 30,000 feet up, I could see the curvature of the Earth. Years earlier, my girlfriend had a goal – to climb the seven summits. It took us years of preparation, but we had made it to the ultimate summit – Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
An important part of selling your business is deciding what you are going to do in the next chapter of your life. A growing number of us reach a certain point in our lives when we look up from our desk and wonder if there is more to life than this?
In 2012, on a scorching hot day in Chicago, I walked in to negotiate the final terms in the sale of my company, Appletree Answers. The tension level was through the roof. We argued back and forth about the finer points of the deal and I even walked out two times.