About two years before launching Focus Lab, Erik wrote to a local business incubation organization seeking guidance on starting a business.
He said that his "ultimate goal … is to grow a highly successful business that can treat employees very, very well and give back to the community in as many ways as possible." What started as a career writing code for websites developed into a passion for investing in team members' lives. But that's certainly not where things began.
Erik's early years involved an interest in music and technology. After briefly considering a career in writing and performing music, he spent several years leading worship at churches, all while enjoying a hobby of building websites. A few years later, these two things flipped: The music career became the hobby, and the coding hobby became the career.
Erik also has a passion for learning and teaching. He believes he can learn something from every person he meets. And he's got a habit of recommending books to just about anyone. (By the way, he told me to recommend you check out Adam Grant's latest book, "Think Again.")
These days, Erik's primary focus around here is making Focus Lab a fantastic place to work. Given that a full-time job equates to spending 1/3 of your waking hours at work, he sees the opportunity to invest in the team's lives by making Focus Lab a great place to work. After all, life is a lot easier to live when you don't have intense worries, pressures, frustrations, and stresses following you home at the end of the day.
In removing or minimizing these common challenges and barriers to the workplace, Erik believes that we can better unlock one another's potential to be our best selves and do our best work.