A company that sells itself as the cure.. is not always interested in prevention.
When Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby was asked how he planned to stop the “death” of CD Baby if other musicians set up their own sites. He replied, “Honestly, I don’t care about CD Baby. I only care about the musicians. If someday, musicians don’t need CD Baby anymore, that’s great. I will just shut it down, and get back to making music.”
Seriously? This is hot! I love this!
As hard as I work, I hold what I do with an open hand because of where I place my hope and my passion. The honor of walking with dreamers is nothing less than awe inspiring, but when a season comes to an end, I keep it moving. Whether I am working with an individual or an organization, my goal is always to become obsolete. This is one way I measure success.
This does not compute to those who may be in love with their brand or expecting their organizations to outlive them.
Pause. Not all organizations are built to last.
There will come a day when Dream Development will no longer exist. Perhaps before that happens it will mature into something else. That day has not yet come.
I simply think it is wise to never become some enamored with our companies, organizations, ministries, structures etc. that we forget that they are only vehicles in which we travel… living out purpose, impacting others, building character, learning life lessons, providing for our families and creating memories. If the vocation or structure changes, the call remains.
An expiration date is often the beginning of legacy.