I believe most people want purpose in their life. We go about it in a variety of ways. The lucky ones find it in their profession. They actually get to go to work and feel like they are making a difference. Others find it through volunteering or mentoring. Some people struggle to find an outlet for their desire to help the world around them.
Life can get in the way, we get busy and the day’s fly by. Spring to Summer, then summer to fall, and finally fall rolls into winter. Before we know it another year has gone by.
At 35, I had often spent hours a day dreaming about what I wanted to be, "when I grow up." I was still looking for my opportunity to give back to a place that had given me so much. One day an idea came to me in one of those ah ha moments. Although in my own head the plan was great, I wasn't sure others would share my views. I eventually mentioned it to my now co-founder, Andrew Mann. Really without much hesitation, he said, "LETS DO IT!"
Drew and I have been friends for nearly 2 decades and have watched each other build our lives. Through marriage to our wonderful wives and our growing families that now include my 3 kids and Drew's 4 kids, we have seen it all. It was reassuring to me that anyone liked my idea, but to have it be someone who has been around for more than half my life, that was sign. Over the months following Drew's decision to jump on board, many talks, and hours of planning, GR8LKS™ was born.
Even though it took me 35 years, and GR8LKS™ is still in its infancy, I really feel like I found my purpose. So to all of your day dreamers who still wonder, what you are going to be when you grow up, there is still a chance. Keep dreaming and maybe one day you will find your GR8LKS™ .
Pete Gawkowski, Co-Founder