“How come I keep doing this to myself?”
“Why am I starting over…again?”
It took getting immersed, waist high, in others’ genius to get reacquainted with my own.
The bottom line is we ALL need mentors, coaches and trainers.
It’s easy to get comfortable in our discomfort, especially when our foolery is endorsed by other people’s accolades – purely based upon feelings and fantasy without looking at the facts and finances.
Do you know where things are breaking down?
Do you know where you are not operating at capacity or efficiency?
How are your people getting along?
Where is there opportunity to empower, grow and increase cash flow and profitability?
What are your customers asking for that is not being delivered?
When we don’t know what we don’t know, other sets of eyes and minds will help guide, advise and coach.
In my case, I didn’t know that taking on “solopreneurship” was not the wisest of choices. Getting caught up in the busyness of busyness, critical things slip through the cracks and we potentially end up with a heap of epic fails. Had I engaged sagely support, I could have had a viable business to sell rather than shells of businesses that I ultimately walked away from, feeling totally burned out and defeated. That’s where I landed in 2003 and again in 2013.
Here are just a few of my key lessons learned:
1. Understand and institute the very best practices for controlling expenses, appropriately scaling, increasing profit margins and mapping out a transition plan.
2. Make sounder business decisions based upon facts and financial statements, rather than “gut feelings,” as we’re often wrong. Get feedback and insight from experts.
3. Soul-search and actively assess your blind sides and weaknesses as well as your extraordinary talents and core competencies. Get a complete, objective handle on what you’re exceptional in, and what you suck at; what you’re absolutely passionate about and what completely annoys you; what electrifies you and what paralyzes you. Include people, places and things on this list.
4. Diligently and methodically surround yourself with people who are more experienced, wiser and who are trusted sources of knowledge, insight and leverage.
5. Allow yourself to be supported, challenged, encouraged and empowered. Graciously accept help. Move ego out of the way.
6. And, be unabashedly thankful for the entirety of your experiences…in all of their glory.
7. Kiss the Lone Ranger goodbye.