I grew up on a farm and used to get great joy in watching food grow for my community and other people. Things changed, and I became a corporate lawyer, generally helping companies get up, get seed money, and get off the ground. I missed, very much, the direct reward of building something with my hands.
That said, two of the companies I helped start are on the NYSE, and I am on the board of directors of both.
I was walking the halls with the CEO of one the other day, and we stopped in the cafeteria. We both had pretty rural upbringings and were talking about how we missed the simpler things.
He had me look around the room. There were probably 200 employees in there getting lunch.
He told me it wouldn’t have been possible without me and told me that they were “my crops.”
It was a great feeling that I played a part in helping so many people get good jobs.
So that’s what I build: jobs.