Working Without Vision…

Working without vision can leave you with a jacked up crapper and a pissed off wife. Trust me on this one.

About a year ago, I set out with a crowbar, a sledgehammer, and an idea. What a nasty recipe. I knocked out some sheet rock, removed a few studs, and created a fine mess. The next weekend I walked into the bathroom and fiddled with a few things, but I knew and the bathroom knew that I didn’t have the vision to complete the project.

Jeremy tearing out shower

Jeremy and helper working in bathroom

Worked piled up and the thought of the bathroom slipped out of my mind. I had torn the walls out of the bathroom and erected walls around the project in my mind. Over the course of the next year, we had several contractors estimate the work, but we never arrived at the “vision” of the project.

Vision is more than just a design. Vision is peering into the abyss of possibility and plucking out something that can be. Vision is imagining the impossible and being able to articulate what it looks like to others.

Vision is creative and spiritual. The act of creating is divine. Humans ultimately wither and our handiwork ultimately crumbles, but staring into that which is broken and commanding something beautiful is other worldly.

Victories are rich. Seeing that thing appear in real life that was only imagined is satisfying and empowering.

Not having vision can be problematic.

Setbacks are catastrophic. When you come across a snag and you have no vision, the obstacles become insurmountable roadblocks.

Endurance. What is the difference in running 5 miles and a marathon? Endurance. You run 5 miles for exercise. You run marathons to make a point. You have to have vision to run a marathon, or you will bail at the half way point. Vision is the fuel to see it through to the end.

Where there is no vision, the people perish… -Proverbs 29: 18

Bathroom after changes

Sink after remodel

For the bathroom, it took about 8 weeks of hard work every weekend, but once I had vision I was able to see the project through to the end. Ultimately, we ended up with a nice bathroom, and my wife forgave me.

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.

  • Once again I am left begging of you to please share some of your strength (ie. vision) with LG. My bathroom has been jacked up for over 7 years. We need some vision at our house.

    My favorite part of the post was your suspenders hooked to your tool belt instead of your jeans. 🙂