On one side of the spectrum, there’s launching a new venture and the struggle to find and land enough paying work to sustain our business. But, after we persevere long enough, we’ll hit a capacity wall. It’s at this point when we face two choices on how we grow.
The first option is growing a team parlaying the increased demand with more people (or automation). The second approach involves increasing prices as a way to tame the demand and increase income. What are the differences in these approaches?
Explore the two options for expanding your small business
At the end of last week, I was having a hard time writing new content for the blog. My first two articles of the month looked back at March and looked forward to the end of April. Those two monthly articles are fairly structured so it doesn’t require much creativity or energy to draft and publish them.
But there I was stuck and unable to move my writing garden forward. It actually happened twice last week. I just couldn’t muster up the energy and motivation to write, but I wanted to move something forward.
Read how I overcame getting stuck writing my next blog article
When it comes to time passing, I've had different perspectives in different seasons of life. In some cases, the passing of time feels like perpetual torture during difficult situations while other times it quickly speeds on by during moments of enjoyment.
I'm in a season now where I'm working on accomplishing multiple goals and initiatives in my life, work, and family. In my current context, the passing of time is a wonderful thing to participate in as I get to watch things grow. And it's fun.
Also, by writing as often as I am, including these monthly checkpoints, it seems to slow time down and encourage me to watch and appreciate life as it happens. It empowers me to be mindful and present.
Without further ado, let's dive into my goals for the month and several experiments I have running.
Continue reading what I'll be up to in April 2018
We're over a quarter of the way through 2018. What progress (or regress) have you made? The conclusion of March and the Start of April is the four year anniversary since we shut down Noodlehead Marketing. Wow! So much change and progress have elapsed during this short period of time.
Towards the end of the month, I had some moments to reflect on the progress we've made and the position we're now in. It's quite amazing to recognize that we were not only starting over four years ago, we were actually climbing out of a financial hole. We're now building towards a stronger and healthier future.
As usual in this monthly reflection point, let's dive into the bullet points of things I learned, discovered, and was reminded about.
Continue reading the 31 lessons & insights from March
When you create and launch projects, campaigns or companies do you do so with intent and a plan to sustain or do you simply create and walk away?
In my experience as a business owner, and working with other entrepreneurs, it’s quite rare for sustaining to take priority. Usually, visionary owners want to create and move onto the next thing without a second thought. Some will even abandon their business as they explore some shiny object with mixed results (based on who is left behind).
Unfortunately, this approach leads to a wreckage of broken and abandoned ideas. In these situations, the only things getting maintained are projects team members care for or that clients complain about.
Continue reading about the cost, examples, and solution for building and abandoning
Do you leave yourself margin should something go wrong? Do you strive for abundance knowing things will eventually make a turn for the worse?
Productive paranoia is the practice of doing something when your worried something negative could happen. The phrase was first introduced to me by Jim Collins as one of three attributes of high achievers (the other two were fanatical discipline & empirical creativity
"10xers differ from their less successful comparisons in how they maintain hypervigilance in good times as well as bad. Even in calm, clear, positive conditions, 10xers constantly considered the possibility that events could turn against them at any moment. Indeed, they believe that conditions will-absolutely, with 100 percent certainty-turn against them without warning, at some unpredictable point in time, at some highly inconvenient moment. And they’d better be prepared." - Jim Collins, Great By Choice (affiliate )
We can apply this in our lives in both small and big ways. And this application could prevent significant troubles. While this fruitful practice is simple to implement, it can cause inconvenience or extra work. Here are a few ways I intentionally inconvenience myself.
Continue reading three ways I apply productive paranoia to my life and work
If you're contributing to something meaningful, you’ll soon face these words (if you haven't already). It could come from someone else but likely will be a voice inside your head. The tormenting fear as you strive to lead others, do something great or make a challenging relationship work. Along the way, we mess up and fail. Sometimes these failures have significant consequences and people get hurt (emotionally & physically).
Continue reading about failure and The Walking Dead
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