I’m writing this on a train speeding out of London on the way back to my home in Leamington Spa having just experienced a mind blowing business lunch in the city with two uber successful business people.
I think Einstein was right when he said “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”
Consequently I’m always trying to get myself around business owners who stretch my thinking.
As I look back over my career, all my periods of the most rapid growth have immediately followed my thinking being “stretched” by a mentor or fellow business owner.
Every single one.
When I was 21 years old, I dreamed of making six figures a year, but had no real clue about how to actually go and do it. Through pure luck I met a business owner called Andy who took me under his wing, and through his mentoring, guidance and encouragement I accomplished it in under 12 months.
When I was in my mid 20’s, a good friend from Arizona called Jeff, who is probably the best people manager and leader I’ve ever seen, challenged me to make my annual revenue (then about £500k) my monthly revenue and to 10x my business. It took a few years, but thanks to his belief in me, I accomplished it.
After my brain injury in 2012, when I decided I wanted to cash in my chips and create some real wealth for my family, I dreamed of having a 7 figure exit. The problem was I’d never done it before. I had the desire, but not necessarily the strategy or the confidence to make it happen.
I sought out the advice of two separate people, one from Texas, one from Dorset who’d both had eight figure exits to assist me. They didn’t agree upon much, but between them I was able to get my first 7 figure exit less than 2 weeks before my 30th birthday.
Here’s the point; if you want your business to grow, YOU must grow.
You MUST be willing to stretch your thinking and get out of your comfort zone.
I believe the easiest way to do that is to get around other people who are doing the things you want to do.
At today’s meeting in the city I was discussing the possibility of listing a company I’m a shareholder in on the stock market.
Now, I don’t know whether I’ll do it or not, or even if it makes sense to do it yet (very time consuming and very expensive!), but that’s not the point.
I was at lunch with two successful people who have been there and done it and they are helping stretch my thinking, so I can see new possibilities.
Where do you need to stretch your thinking?
Hit reply and let me know.
Speak to you soon,
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