But looking back to that shared family breakfast in Byron Bay, the learnings that I’m proudest of are that we figured out “why” we were doing this first, and established the Purpose and Values of how the Advisory Collective would work and how Tim and I would collaborate as Co-Founders and Principals – while also being good friends.
What makes me happiest about starting my own business and founding the Advisory Collective with Tim is that I’m working again with a person that I deeply admire and trust, who can do amazing work in his own fields while also making me better at what I do. He’s incredibly supportive, hard working and thoughtful.
It took well over 30 years for me to take this big step, and every week I tell my wife and my friends how privileged I am to have Tim as my business partner. I’ve told him that too but he’s too easily embarrassed by praise.
So while no-one’s perfect, Tim Sternberg is perfect for me as a business partner and for what we have built together with the Advisory Collective. And I’m no longer afraid of failure, or to admit that this is what I really want to do for the rest of my business career.