Thanks Tony, that means a lot to me!
I'm not a genius by any stretch, but I just like to think things through when we're talking about long term investments - let that be a new piece of equipment or a new studio. I always have a target set up to few years into the future, and this is what I shoot for. Thinking things through is also a vital part of any business, IMO, as well as taking risks.
The first tastes of the idea of having a small mastering room in the countryside I had during summer of 2001, back when I knew practically nothing about mastering. Later on, I simply figured what I needed to do to achieve the goal, and went for it.
Of course, I have a new goal in mind already, or perhaps a few smaller ones. Never stop - and take care of the old goals, too.