As I mentioned in my message above, I did a lot of reflecting and planning last week.
Two big items kept appearing to me and they had to do with people’s definitions of success and people’s need for approval from others.
What does success look like to you? To me, success is based mostly around me being able to have the time I want to do the things I want to do. When I was in the landscaping business I used to listen to every landscaper I had a chance to. I learned that the ones that everyone referred to as successful bragged constantly about their gross sales, their equipment they had purchased, the trucks they were making payments on and worst of all, the number of hours they worked and how many years they had done it. I started later so I really had no desire to spend twenty years working eighty hours a week so I could brag about gross sales and how much stuff I was making payments on.
I also learned that if I wanted to be successful by my definition, I couldn’t do it following the same model and doing the same things that they did. If I wanted to build something, sell it and retire in seven years, I was going to have to do something much different.
This led me to another lesson. People don’t like different. I have seen this in so many industries. It is better to stay the course and make sure that everyone else approves of what you are doing than to risk being mocked or laughed at for doing something so different that you could work less and make more in less time. Doesn’t that sound crazy? Are you one of them?
If you want to explore doing something different in your industry and creating a plan in which you can work less and make more in less time, join me tomorrow, Tuesday, evening at 5:30pm via zoom, for our WAM! Meeting. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the login information.