I have been a wedding MC…twice. It is an absolute honor to share in someone’s most important day. It is an honor not just to be there but more importantly to be the person that these people rely on to be their voice throughout the ceremony. The first time was for my best friend’s little sister, basically my little sister, and the second was for my wife’s cousin. Both times was an outstanding experience that will live in my memory forever.

But it’s not just wine and dine and celebrate. Many of the lessons that I’ve learned in my experiences as a wedding MC are easily transferred to my life as an entrepreneur. I’d like to take the opportunity to share some of these with you now, starting with something I learned at this most recent wedding. 

Lesson One: The One You Can’t Live Without

This first lesson actually came to be several hours before my official duties as master of ceremonies began, at the wedding itself, when the minister spoke. He quoted James C. Dobson who said, “ Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.” Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Obviously. Don’t marry someone because you think it might work out. Marry someone because you don’t think it could possibly work out without them. This applies not only to love but also to vocation. Don’t aim for the job that you think you could probably live with, aim for the job that you don’t think you could possibly live without, whatever that may be.

Now, not everyone has to be an entrepreneur. In fact, not everyone should be an entrepreneur. Some people are suited for a life carrying out the dreams of others. And that’s fine. But for those who believe that they’re suited for a life where they make the rules, they set the hours and they run the show, this quote couldn’t be more true. For me, who spends my every waking moment trying to to figure out my next move, whether it be a checkers move or a chess move, this rings true. I’ve yet to “work” a “job” that I thought I couldn’t live without. I’ve worked quite a few that I thought I could live with, but none that it would be impossible to walk away from. That all changed when I started out on my own.

At the foundation of marriage lies the belief that you are entering into a relationship that will change you to your core. Business is no different. Well, a little different. Ok. Well, a lot different, but my point is this; if you really want to be happy, you need to find something that makes you so happy and so fulfilled that you can’t turn away from it.