The best way to achieve success in business—in anything, really—is not to look for complex, convoluted solutions. The best solution is to simplify. It’s counter-productive to go out there and try to make things difficult for yourself, to force yourself to do the really hard stuff. Instead, focus on doing what you know you can do—and doing it really well.
Bad news does not get better with age, and that is why it is so important to see the signs. The only way you can solve a problem is if you acknowledge it and look for a way to fix it—not waiting and hoping it will go away. This is true no matter what your business is, whether it’s a startup, a small family business, or a mega-corporation.
As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to think that you’re going alone. We often feel that the only person we can depend on is ourselves, because other people will disappoint. We all experience that feeling. But what we have found in our experience is that the only way to really grow a business is to have great partners.
We all learn from our experiences. We learn from the things we see, the things we do, and the places we go. Many small business owners start in big companies, where they learn things that influence how they work when they are on their own.
In business, it’s natural to be on the lookout for mistakes and errors. They are inevitable—and that’s ok. But the important thing is to learn from them and get it right the next time. Over time, though, you’ll notice patterns, the kinds of situations where you tend to run into problems. A particularly tricky area comes when you are assuming things—many of our errors are errors of assumption.
Entrepreneurs come up with lots of ideas. It might be lots of ideas for different businesses. Or they might be lots of ideas for things to try inside one business. But an interesting truth about these ideas is that it is very rare—if not impossible—for an idea that ends up in exactly the same place where it started.
For this week’s Biz Coaching On Demand, Fran and Matt discussed Pete Correll, the former Chairman and CEO of Georgia Pacific, a manufacturer and distributor of paper products. Growing up in Brunswick, Georgia, Pete experienced tragedy at age 12 when his dad died, leaving him and his mom to manage a men’s clothing store as their only source of livelihood.
In Joey Reiman’s book, The Story of Purpose, he begins by mentioning that when it’s all about the profits, you’re going to fall into trouble. He talks about how people who focus on the bottom line are in a race to the bottom. The mission to get rich is not sustainable without a guiding sense of purpose, which provides the energy, the partners, and the team of people who allow you to be successful.
Small Biz Club is the premier destination for small business owners and entrepreneurs. To succeed in business, you have to constantly learn about new things, evaluate what you’re doing, and look for ways to improve—that’s what we’re here to help you do.