I couldn’t even say goodbye to my co-workers, I was escorted right out of the door… But let me start from the beginning.
Hi, my name is Stephen Shaw.
I was working for a telecommunication company and had been there for about 7 years. I moved around within the company to different departments and ended up in the business sales department.
I was feeling unfulfilled and knew climbing the corporate ladder wasn’t for me. For a long time I wanted to start my own business so I could have full control of my life, and make more money.
But I didn’t know what I could do or how I would do it. I didn't have any other skills other than some time in college for an IT computer class I didn’t even graduate from.
I had friends and friends of friends that were driving brand new ¾ and 1 ton trucks. I have always dreamed of owning a brand new Ram 3500.
So I looked at what they were doing and one of them was running a landscaping business. “That’s it!” I thought.
I figured I would just start by mowing lawns and figure out all the landscaping construction stuff later. So I started thinking up business names, learning different mowing techniques.
But I never made the jump from the corporate job to running my own business. I always had that nagging thought in the back of my head “what if I fail?”
Until one day, I was sitting in my cubicle working and the vice president asked me to come into his office. “Sure” I said as I got up and followed him to his office.