As entrepreneurs, our personal happiness, the way we listen to and react to our staff, and the way we shape our own role at work all have profound effects on our companies, and ultimately, on how they grow. But lasting change is difficult. I should know – I recently achieved three major advances that I didn’t think were possible:
- I pushed my wife to create more work-life balance with me,
- I expressed compassion for a staff member facing personal challenges that were getting in the way of her job, and
- I redefined my #1 priority with my team at Round Table Companies (RTC) to focus on deepening relationships with potential clients.
It wasn’t easy, but I had a solid guide. Not long ago, I was playing around on Twitter, searching for people with influential business and leadership profiles who could review and possibly share my last Forbes piece. Author Robin Sharma read and enjoyed the article, and challenged me to read his new book as a result. After looking at his site, I knew we were in alignment, so I dove into his new book, The Leader Who Had No Title.
Below are six key lessons I learned from Robin that you can apply to your own business success.
1. It’s never too early to work on your dream business. While he continued to practice law, Robin would get to his local 24-hour coffee shop at 3:30 or 4:00 in the morning and write until he had to go to work at 8:00.
Though the first editor who read his work said he couldn’t write, Robin printed 2,000 copies of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari at Kinko’s and kept them in his kitchen as he sold them. Sixteen years later, Robin’s books have sold more than six million copies. Early morning hustle pays off!
Question: Do you pop out of bed excited for the day, or are you snoozing your way out of opportunity?
Learn the remaining five lessons from Corey Michael Blake, founder and president of Round Table Companies , a storytelling and publishing company, and member of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs.