Part 4 in a 4-Part Interview with Matt Rissell
Yesterday, Matt Rissell, CEO of TSheets explained how customers online and offline respond to TSheets. Today we’re finding about the guy who made his job tracking time for folks who work offline, mobile, and on the web.
So, Matt, did you dream about Time travel as a kid? Did you wish you had more time to play? How’d you end up in this business?
To be transparent, I remember hearing as a kid that God wasnâ€™t bound by time. God had complete knowledge of what â€œI was going to doâ€ but still gave me the freedom to choose whatever it was I wanted to create. That baffled my mind and actually still does. I think to some degree, every kid dreams about â€˜Time Travelâ€™. I even remember reading a book where a kid found a little shed that when he sat in it, â€˜Timeâ€™ was normal for him but outside the box time would stop. In other words, when he was in the box, maybe 1 year would go by but when he went out of the shed, no time would have elapsed. This book inspired me to find my own â€œshedâ€. So in my 8 x 9ft bedroom- I used a secret closet behind my bed. Whenever I wanted to dream big, I could pull my bed out away from the closet door and squeeze into the closet where there was complete absence of light. And I would sit in darkness â€“ a bit scary if I remember correctly. It was in that closet that I could shut my eyes and travel to any place or any time that I could image. As my favorite place in the world was on the Colorado Uncompahgre Plateau, where I went camping and hunting with my dad– that is where I would often imagine I was.
I ended up in this business not because I enjoyed imagining about time travel or that I liked movies like â€œBack to the Futureâ€. I got into this business because Time Tracking is a real business challenge and I challenge that I experienced firsthand. One of the criteria that I use before Iâ€™ll engage in a business venture is, â€œwill this opportunity create a win/win/win?â€ What I mean by that is,
Will the person that purchases my product/service truly be better off than without?
Will this have a positive impact on the environment?
Will this business provide a growth opportunity for me in every aspect of my life?
TSheets nails each one of these right on the head!
Why is Time valuable?
Why time is valuable? â€“ I believe that everything becomes more valuable as it decreases in quantity. Simply put: time is valuable because from the second we are conceived, time starts running out. Further, to create financial wealth, we exchange our time for money. Thus, if time is worth more than money and we are willing to track our monetary investments, it seems foundational to track our time investments.
As I had mentioned earlier, Time Tracking isnâ€™t sexy â€“ until you turn it into making money. At TSheets, we are passionate about helping you understand where you invest their time.
Thanks, Matt. I’ve enjoyed every minute, . . . um, er . . . but I didn’t keep track.