On being an entrepreneur …

Well, I feel like a real entrepreneur at heart. I have always dreamed of owning my own business. I am constantly thinking of new ideas which I try to write down all the time. I served my mission in Tampa, Florida, where I met a lot of successful entrepreneurs. The members of our church who were entrepreneurs always gave of their time freely and helped us out a ton!

I’ve seen so many ways that entrepreneurs have blessed the lives of others. However, I think there are lots of dangers and pitfalls that come with the entrepreneurial life. I’m not talking about the common dangers that lots of people talk about such as: what if my business goes under? what if it never takes off? what if I fail? what if I go bankrupt? While those are very important things to consider, the things that haunt me more include:

  • What if I get too caught up in my work and neglect my wife and children (future children)?
  • What if I am successful? Can we handle wealth?
  • Can I leave work at work?

I have talked a lot with Esther to get her input on these things. We have decided that we need to be alert and aware of these possible problems. The first concerns I listed can only destroy my financial situation, but my second list of concerns can destroy a more precious blessing, my family.

I think I’m going to start blogging more about this topic here. I have had some good insights on this, and I would also like to get other’s opinions on this.

My google maps idea

Hello world,

This last week I thought of an idea that I would like to pursue. Because the google maps API is open to anyone to use as long as you don’t charge people to use it, I think it would be cool to create an application that takes a Gedcom file with your geneological information, and map out your ancestors on a world map. You could color code the pins to signify which side of the family they contribute to. I know that I have blood coming from Switzerland and from England, but I think it would be cool to see it plotted out where all of these relatives are from. I just think it will take a lot of work. Also, since I only have a virtual host account, I don’t want to kill all of my processor resources for my account. I think things would need to be broken up and the work split a piece at a time. Resulting in an xml file that would be plot-able using google maps api.

This would be my first project using it, but I think it will be worth my time.

Jimmy

My first blog entry

Hello world.

This is my first entry to my blog. I have wanted to start one of these for a long time and I was going to do it on my own server and at my own site, but I never got around to it. Maybe I will get around to it some day. I finally decided to just do it here at the blogspot.

Jimmy