Shoot for the Moon

Cody McLain
4 min readAug 29, 2019

I want to take a moment and share a personal story. I recall when I sold my last company, PacificHost.

I can still remember that moment vividly. There I was in the boardroom of the company getting ready to acquire everything I had worked so hard to build over the past few years. It was full of their company directors and executive staff and I was intimidated by all these people here to buy something I had created only a few years prior.

They put the final acquisition papers on the table and I signed them along with a big applause after I signed the last one. The lawyer was on the phone with the bank and authorized them to send the money to my account. Then the CEO walked in, shook my hand, and asked me how it felt. I answered something along the lines of “It feels good, thank you!” In my head though, I wasn’t thinking about how good it felt; I was thinking about all the work that lay ahead of me, of having to spend the next two days wasting my time giving them all the technical info they needed to take over the operations.

Looking back at that those few days, I can oddly remember what I was thinking, but not what I felt. I was day-dreaming about everything I was going to buy later on that I thought would give me happiness. My awareness was solely focused on what I will do to be happy in the future without considering the idea that I could be happy at that very moment.

At the time, the act of selling was the functional equivalent of checking off a task, but in fact, it meant so much more. It gave me the freedom to explore my interests, to ask myself existential questions, like “what am I here to do?” It gave me the confidence to step outside my shell and pick up new skills like photography, aviation, and scuba diving. It gave me the time to explore my interests and discover who “Cody” really is, not the Cody who only ever thought about his company.

The experience gave me a glimpse at understanding what it means to live a happy, productive, and meaningful life. One thing I learned a year later was the importance of celebrating wins because we’re seemingly programmed as a species to focus more on the negative than the positive. Looking back at when I was building that company, I never once told myself “good job” for getting my 100th customer, or when I started to make enough money to pay my…

Cody McLain

Founder of $12m SupportNinja, Author of From Foster Care to Millionaire book, Host of Podcast