What is Your Big Why?
Here’s a glimpse into mine…
Several years into my career, I realized it was increasingly daunting to live according to my values across what felt like the increasingly independent worlds of a corporate career, family, and community. I took some time to reflect and draft a Life Plan with an aspiration to align the various dimensions of my life to a central life’s mission-
“To be a living testimony to the glory of God by transforming the lives of others while continually striving to be the best man I can be.”
The mission encapsulated my intentions around daily choices on what was important, the types of quality of interactions with others, and served as a north star when faced with conflicting or tough decisions. It became my Big Why? Did my actions today positively impact others or improve me? In the years that followed, I was amazed at how consistent focus on a concept caused it to manifest in my life.
Six years ago, the demands of two young children and a dual career household propelled me into entrepreneurship and PGP Advisory was born. Although it wasn’t planned, the change put me on a pathway to align my priorities, gain greater autonomy over my time, and increase the transformative impact. I created more value for clients while being present for my kids during their formative years. I wanted to be an entrepreneur from my first entrepreneurial program at MIT in High School. The pathway to this destination was not linear, predictable, or easy. The Big Why helped me connect the dots between a Mechanical Engineering degree, an MBA, and a breadth of business experiences with a fulfilling profession.
Why is the Big Why important for you in a business transaction? It ultimately drives the priorities around the outcomes and informs the business transaction strategy. If a seller is unclear about what’s next for her or him, it is more difficult to make trade-offs in a deal. The strategy helps define sources of value and uncovers the win-win-win scenarios for a seller, buyer, and the business- an important tool when navigating the minefield of issues that can kill a deal. Here are some of the Big Why’s from previous clients:
- A client moved to their desired destination and started a new business with the deal proceeds
- A client pursued a new career in healthcare after sale of their business
- A client was able to retire and enjoy free time with family
- A client was able to secure the financial future of his family and focus on aspects of work that were most fulfilling
- A client acquired a business to run and grow as part of the long-term strategy towards wealth creation for his family
Not only did my clients in these deals win, but the businesses won also. They buyers all had sound strategies to improve and grow these businesses which is good for them, employees, customers, the community, etc. The deals supported everyone’s pursuit of her/his own personal Big Why.
Deals are ultimately about people and positive outcomes. I get to bring all of me to work every day in an effort to transform the lives of my clients and in the process live out my life’s purpose.