The tricky part of success is that it doesn’t always lead to fulfillment. I started cityHUNT with a friend in college more than a decade ago. We didn’t have a company in mind when we started and we didn’t have a clear definition of success either. But we did have one thing in mind: fun.
Our goal was to build scavenger hunts where people could have fun, and we made sure that we had fun during the entire process. Over the years, cityHUNT became more popular and started to shift from a hobby to a full-fledged business. Without clear goals and a definition of success, we found ourselves unfulfilled and stressed while we attained “success.”
If success was making money then I guess we were successful but were we fulfilling the original vision of the company?
We went on a corporate retreat to talk about these questions. The framework we used was the Rockefeller Habits, which I recommend for any fast-growing company. One of the first steps was finding the values of the company. We realized that creating fun for people was the reason we had started the company — and when we had fun, they had fun. So we decided to live the value: HAVE FUN IN ALL THAT WE DO.
Once we defined success, based on that value, the company started to grow and blossom in wonderful and fulfilling ways.
I believe business is 80 percent psychology and 20 percent mechanics. The great news is that mechanics can be learned. I never went to business school but I learned the mechanics to run a business through books and other resources. The real power came when I harnessed my psychology and started building a fulfilling model of success.
cityHUNT is driven by fun and I love it. This fun has taken me around the world and given me the opportunity to provide for my family while sharing the fun with thousands of companies. Through fun, I have been able to help create the world’s largest team-building company, and I am eternally grateful for everything it provides — especially the fun.
If you haven’t already, I challenge you to find your fun because therein lies your success.
By Ben Hoffman