I have come to realize that unfortunately there is a fundamental weakness in today’s current management practices. Do you agree that Companies today are suffering from a lack of creative imagination? That they keep grinding their noses to the same stone, the same way they have been doing for many years. It seems that the same methods are used over and over again to determine marketing, advertising and public relations budgets. Therefore, certainty prevents new ways, innovative ways of business-development, strategic planning, or marketing, and are preventing any real changes and new outcomes.
I Incorporated Controllers On Call (ConC) and was faced with a real challenge – it became very clear very quickly that In order for my company to go places where “no one has gone before”, I needed to be a visionary. I had to dare leave the safety of a well-known port and sail away to discover new worlds. Being a visionary meant being creative, imaginative, daring, with the ability to invent and create new things. My journey taught me that a visionary is not a learned proficiently, you either have visionary genes or you do not.
As I reflect back on the Controllers On Call (ConC) success story, I knew that I needed to be a visionary with a dream to start a new idea and succeed. I was willing to mortgage our house to invest in my vision. I was willing to sleep nights on the office floor because “why bother going home for a couple of hours of sleep when I needed to be in the office in the morning”.
So, are you tired of your daily routine? Are you looking to make a major change? Are you thinking of starting your own business? Becoming an entrepreneur?
Here are the principles I followed as an entrepreneur for the past 20 + years. Once you review these principles, ask yourself – do I still want to make this major change and follow my dream? Do I really have what it takes?
A vision – forget your business plan – without a vision to back it up it is not going to happen – guaranteed
100% commitment to make sacrifices – forget vacations, family trips, BBQ in the summer evenings, going to the movies, relaxing. These old ways are gone
Believe in yourself – get that confidence going. Flex your muscles – you need CHUTZPA to go to the bank, demand a loan, and be pushy to get things going. Pick yourself up time and time again – NEVER GIVE IN. In short – you need to have balls (regardless of your gender). You must be able to see and acknowledge your own mistakes and make the necessary corrections
Failure is not an option – It is as Tomas Edison said, “I never failed, I just found thousands of ways how not to do things”
Self-motivation –It takes a lot of discipline to be the one who oversees what you do – after all you are your own boss! No one except you can tell you how long to work, how hard to work, what resources are required for you to succeed.
Ethics and integrity – never promise unless you intend to deliver. Don’t do anything you don’t want to be done to you – in the long run it will always come back to bite you in the ass. A good name, excellent reputation, amazing customer services, ongoing referrals are earned and not bought in the market place
Listen to other entrepreneurs – always learn from others about their experiences, challenges, achievements, methods. It will save you a lot of money, hours, and pain
Love Challenges – a challenge is a lifeline. It keeps you alive. It keeps you on your toes at all times, ensures that you continue to be creative, and improves you continuously keeping you competitive.
Bottom Line: Entrepreneurs must have a twisted way of thinking – they cannot pass an object or a machine or see anything without improving on it. It is how they were born – it is in their blood. Therefore, Controllers On Call (ConC) is on its way to celebrating 20 years in business and I can personally share with you that not a minute goes by when I do not see something that needs to be improved upon.
Here is to your success!
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