When we started Chenmark, many thought we were a “lone nut” by quitting lucrative Wall Street jobs to “become landscapers in Maine”.
As we have built out our company over the last five years, however, we have been lucky enough to attract a couple of first followers. These are the core team members who believe enough in what we are doing that they are willing to do something a bit different and join us in our pursuit of becoming the acquirer of choice for North American small businesses.
In many respects, these early team members are more important than the founders, because “the first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire. The second follower is a turning point: it’s proof the first has done well. Now it’s not a lone nut, and it’s not two nuts. Three is a crowd and a crowd is news.’
As we continue to add to our team of first followers, we continue to build momentum. At some point, our momentum will become a movement. But we’re not there yet. So, if you’re interested in being a first or second follower – and not just part of the crowd – we’re always looking to speak with interesting people.