I often tell young members of my team that only a few times, maybe only once, are the "stars aligned" in your professional life, so appreciate the moment if it happens. A crowd lined up for four blocks for the first San Francisco Examiner Home Buyers Fair; 15,000 sign-ups in a day for HomeGain’s home valuation tool; and 30,000 iPhone downloads of the Sherlock Holmes Vook in less than a week. These are results — moments of euphoria that suggest that you are onto something — better than any drug.

But what I really mean by "stars aligned" are those times when the right team is working together with enthusiasm on a new product with new customers. Nothing for me is more inspiring about business, the sense of purpose with fun folks who charge ahead without abandon.

Editor’s note: This article, by Inman News Publisher Bradley Inman, was originally published at BradInman.com. Click here to view the original item.

I often tell young members of my team that only a few times, maybe only once, are the "stars aligned" in your professional life, so appreciate the moment if it happens. A crowd lined up for four blocks for the first San Francisco Examiner Home Buyers Fair; 15,000 sign-ups in a day for HomeGain’s home valuation tool; and 30,000 iPhone downloads of the Sherlock Holmes Vook in less than a week. These are results — moments of euphoria that suggest that you are onto something — better than any drug.

But what I really mean by "stars aligned" are those times when the right team is working together with enthusiasm on a new product with new customers. Nothing for me is more inspiring about business, the sense of purpose with fun folks who charge ahead without abandon.

Getting that right is luck more than anything else, and "it" is the prize.

My businesses are my vocation and my avocation, not a duty, not an obligation and not something that I do now so that I can golf later. This is better than golf.

I wake up alert, ready to go and excited to get going, as if my last hour of sleep was spent suiting up.

Am I a sick puppy? No doubt.

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Click here to view the original post at Brad’s Blog.

Brad Inman is the founder and publisher of Inman News; he created and later sold online real estate lead-generation and marketing site HomeGain.com; and is the founder of TurnHere.com and Vook.com.

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