Never lose your sense of wonder. We are so often told to grow up and give up our childhood curiosity. We see it all the time – the kids whose eyes once sparkled with joy as they daydreamed about the endless possibilities dull over the years as they are taught to be realistic and get their head out of the clouds. Who said you can’t do both?
We were reminded of the importance of this balance between curiosity and practicality when Chris Cynkar came in for a guest lecture on May 31st to talk to the summer 2019 intern cohort about his life and career trajectory. Chris is a CPA by training, though his true passion shines through his entrepreneurial ventures.
Upon graduating from the Tepper School of Business, Chris began his acquisition search and acquired a commercial printing business. After 4 years, he divested and then closed on another deal for a business that makes MRI equipment. He sold this business after 4 years and then didn’t own another business for 2 years, until he acquired a medical staffing business. He then moved into franchising, on the side, and has been a franchise consultant for the last 6 years.
From these rich experiences, Chris tells us that it is so important to be a business owner because it means you get to determine your own outcome. He says, “There is never a right time to leave your job. It’s always inconvenient. You can make up a list of excuses… It’s like deciding whether to go to the gym in the morning. It’s good for you, so you do it.” Chris also described how many of the things people dislike about being an employee can be solved by becoming a business owner.
He left us with plenty of advice and reassurance and said that he hopes we find the courage and feel empowered enough to take the necessary steps to drive our own success. We thank Chris for taking the time out of his busy schedule to not only speak with us, but also inspire and remind us that our childhood dreams don’t just have to remain as dreams if we compliment them with practicality, financial literacy, and leadership.