Exploration and success have a lot in common. Every entrepreneur is curious about exploring new territory. But not everyone has the resources to do so – the money, the knowledge, the experience. We’re all dealt a hand in life, some better than others, but each just as vulnerable as the next. Accepting that will do two things: 1) remove the blame and excuses you’ve misappropriated elsewhere and 2) motivate you toward something better – uncharted territory.
Show resilience in conflict.
The Self-Built Way™ is my philosophy on life and business. It is how I have taken the hand I was dealt and turned that exploration into success. I learned at an early age that nobody was going to assemble my life for me. That was my job and my responsibility, and I’m thankful for realizing that when I did. It allowed me to develop resilience to the bumps and bruises life leaves behind in its wake.
Be mindful with risk, not afraid.
Risk is unavoidable. You can’t plan for the unforeseen, so before engaging in a risk you better have a well-thought-out plan. That doesn’t have to slow you down though. Seek help and information from those you can trust – from those that want to see you succeed.
Listen to those who know better.
Swift decision making is key when running your own business. Rather than rushing through something that should take a good deal of time, consulting with someone who knows better can and will keep you ahead of the curve and your competitors. Asking questions will bear more fruit than making assumptions.
Have confidence in those who work for you.
In order to continue scaling appropriately, you, the business owner will need to step down from GM so that you can run your business like the CEO you are. This requires tactically hiring people you can trust, and paying them like you mean it. Money alone certainly will not scale your business or your happiness. Money is leverage. Sustainable value is where you’ll find the real power.