Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of Tempus, a company that aims to provide a large database library of molecular and clinical data. It also aims to work as an operating system in order to make these medical data accessible for doctors and researchers to use. This is a company that cares a lot about cancer patients, as well as doing the best in order to treat them towards a healthier state. Mr. Lefkofsky made sure that his skills in handling a business, and his experience of seeing a loved one’s cancer getting treated, will become an asset in making Tempus more productive in the future.
But how does Mr. Lefkofsky lives his everyday productive life? Just like most people who are well-versed in business, he starts his day by waking up at 5:00 AM to make preparations before he goes to the office around 6:00 AM. There are times where he also does exercise in the mornings, but he spends the rest of his days working and eating quickly. In fact, he only uses 12 minutes when eating lunch. He typically goes home by 6:30 PM – meaning that he works 12 hours a day!
When he gets home, he barely turns off his working mode nowadays. But he was proud of being capable of switching his working mood when he has the free time. These were the days where he doesn’t need to regularly check his e-mail, as well as leave work when he wishes to. But his increasing number of employees and the scope of his career is already growing. That’s why he had no choice but to concentrate more on work.
The drive that Mr. Lefkofsky got which led him to his success and flourishing career is because if his fascination with money when he was still young. Since he is a businessman, he needs to make sure that profits and money will be the basis of his career – just like how an attorney evaluates his/her career by the cases they won. That’s why fascination to money is an extremely important thing to do if entrepreneurship is the career in mind. This is what Mr. Lefkofsky’s mindset is, and it also means that profits mean improving the business for that very purpose.
However, despite his success in his business career, he admits that becoming successful in life get rid of money is the reason for working hard. It’s because he believes that attaining more than what a person financially needs will cause him/her to think about using it for investment or for selfless reasons. This is what inspired him to co-found Tempus in order to improve the means of the medical field in treating diseases.
This motive of his was already a habit that he does when spending a huge amount of money. In 2001, he started a different company if his own as he realized that starting up a service that can benefit businesses would be a great idea. Over the years, investments came and went away, and he still brought that same habit. Of course, there are issues that are inevitable when it comes to a company. But Mr. Lefkofsky is not afraid with these rumors. Instead, he just brushes them off and says that the media and some people “over-exaggerate” some facts – causing these issues to come out.
Leadership, the guts to face issues, contentment over money, and the drive to help people. These are the known traits of businessmen who already mastered the field of work itself. Eric Lefkofsky just showed people that a healthy mindset is what drove him in aiming for a healthier world through his investments.