The year-end/start of the new year often marks a mile-marker for people in all walks of life. New tax year. New goals. New expectations. New resolutions. I believe that many of us create expectations for ourselves that we have every intention of pursuing, but neglect to think in terms of how to actually accomplish them. One of those has to do with personal or professional improvement. While it might be great to increase revenue or increase productivity, the “how” is often the debilitating factor. I am not suggesting that the goals are logically impossible or impractical, but rather, without evaluating the “whole picture” the goals are idealistic and success unlikely.
As I write this, I am sitting at the funeral of the man who greatly sparked my entrepreneurial spirit and attitude. I didn’t realize quite how deep an impact he’d made on my life until I was sitting here. You see, Larry had been an entrepreneur all his life…his legacy has rubbed off on me from the time I met him 25 years ago. Strangely, I hadn’t seen him in 20 years. Like a tornado, while he impacted my life only briefly, the experience is memorable for a lifetime.
The Small Business Influencers 2011 Awards from Small Business Trends was announced today on Business Insider. You can read the article and who the influencers were here. Congratulations to all of the winners.
As business leaders, while perhaps serving only local or niches, we are influencers and influenced by other people. Being a great business leader suggests that you can sit in both seats, well. While you might suggest that you can only be influenced by those who are great, who have walked the path before you, there are those, who, every day, see the holes or cracks and something that may appear to be insignificant, that could provide unique insight on how to fix it or make things better. All he or she needs is an opportunity to communicate their insight on how something could be better.
It’s interesting, if you think about it: as business leaders, you have essentially took on people who have more resources, have been in business longer, have more education, business savvy, etc., to get your business into the marketplace. If you looked at the market, the industry and your competitors, plus all of the nasty failure-rate statistics that go along with starting a business, you would have realized you had a snowball’s chance in Death Valley to be successful. You had to be CRAZY to do it, and even CRAZIER if you did it without looking!