Steven wraps up his time with Startup Diaries by providing inspiration to the entrepreneurial community and beyond — that big things can happen in small cities.

WEEK 10:


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.Eleanor Roosevelt

While I was in the Marine Corps, I participated in a program called Recruiters Assistance, which allowed me to go back home to Wyoming and talk with future Marines.

While in this program, the local high school asked me to give a presentation to juniors and seniors. My "Broaden Your Horizons" presentation focused more on perseverance and self-worth than the actual Marine Corps. I wanted to convey to these young men and women that being from a small town in Wyoming didn't mean they had to be restricted to the confines of their community. If their dream was to attend a prestigious school, I encouraged them to apply.

Your surroundings don't make you who you are. You put your pants on in the morning the same way the "elite" or "celebrities" do.

All that being said, I find it fitting that this final Startup Diaries entry is titled, "Keeping our eyes on the horizon."

It's easy to dream. It's harder to chase that dream — and even harder to keep your eyes on that dream through all the distractions the here and now throws at you. In today's world, we conform to our surroundings and sometimes lose that dream or end goal.

I truly love Eleanor Roosevelt's quote above because it speaks volumes to myself and my family. If we truly want to build an innovative community, we must dream big.

There are hundreds of success stories of people doing amazing things from the most unlikely places. All it takes is persistence and a drive to move forward.

As for Lawn Buddy, we continue to keep our eyes on the horizon. We know there will be bumps along the road, but we must keep moving forward to be successful. We will continue to expand throughout Kansas and into several other key areas. We have set a lofty goal, but we have the team and the drive to get it done. Lawn care is just the beginning.

In this final post, I leave you with some insight I've gathered since my family moved to Wichita. Just as I told those high school students in Wyoming, don't limit yourselves to your environment. There are hundreds of success stories of people doing amazing things from the most unlikely places. All it takes is persistence and a drive to move forward.

These past 10 weeks have flown by. I have truly enjoyed being a part of Startup Diaries and I'm honored to live and grow my business in Wichita. I would like to give some recognition and a big thank you to some people.

TO THE CHUNG REPORT: Thank you for putting up with my shenanigans during these past 10 weeks and helping convey our message to the community. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed.

TO OUR MENTORS: Thank you for your continued guidance and support.

TO OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY: We love you all! Keep on keeping on.

TO WICHITA: We are truly blessed to be in this city. Thank you for all your support.

TO THE WORLD: We're coming for you.

God bless.

-- Steven ([email protected])

Just because Startup Diaries is over doesn't mean Lawn Buddy won't continue growing in the startup community. Keep up with Lawn Buddy on Facebook and Twitter.











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