Reid Hoffman (no relation), co-founder of LinkedIn, has a famous quote which resonates with entrepreneurs:
“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”
It’s a simple but revealing maxim. And, truth be told, it’s one not reserved for entrepreneurs orbusiness owners, but applicable to every single one of us.
Many people tinker and re-tinker with their assignment, their product or their business – all in the name of “making it perfect”. In reality, though, that perfectionism is just procrastination in disguise.
The reason people procrastinate?
Let’s face it. Today’s business world is more difficult than ever.
Now, I’m sure many of you are probably thinking, “what are you talking about? Modern technology has made staying connected easier than ever!”
Allow me to explain.
The daily bombardment of phone calls, texts, emails, status updates, and other messages flying across our screens has really made us more detached and out of focus. We’re constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions. Spreading ourselves too thin.
As a result, our stress levels have risen and our productivity has suffered.
However, there are those who, despite the available distractions, seem to be productive no matter what.
What’s their secret?
2016 is just a couple of days away.
Many businesspeople know that the change in the calendar year is a great time to set goals for the next year.
But not too many know that there is a step prior to setting goals – the mindset.
Smart businesspeople know that there is no straight path to success. There are many confusing twists and turns, and it’s easy to get lost. To simply keep moving to try to find your way out is counterproductive.
Just ask Richard Bauer.
Summertime is long over. The holidays have come to a close. It’s high time to dig in and settle down into our regular routines as the long winter stretch looms ahead.
While many view wintertime as a season of snow plows and shoveling, smart businesspeople know that the endless winter doldrums can pose more than just a walk-and-slip hazard. It can cause serious issues that can affect the success and future of your business.
You see, as the routine becomes more familiar and monotonous, it’s easy for one’s productivity level to decline. Fact is, today’s business world is obsessed with the idea of productivity—and for good reason.
Being productive keeps us motivated and allows us to live more accomplishing lives, both personally and professionally.
Sounds simple, right? Yet for some reason, this goal eludes the vast majority. In fact, studies have shown that 60% of the time spent at work is unproductive! Wonder why? Just ask Sam Treble.
I like posting inspirational quotes on my twitter feed. These quotes often give me a quick boost of enthusiasm and I enjoy passing along that feeling to others.
So it should come as no surprise that I recently posted the following line: “Far too many people have no idea what they can do, because all they’ve been told is what they can’t do.”
It did come as a surprise to me, though, when a prominent media publication reposted the above quote. While I was pleasantly amazed, I was also slightly perplexed. Why would they feel the need to repost a quote from Meny Hoffman? But after thinking about it for a few moments, the answer became obvious.
I pity Dave Crenshaw.
He’s going to be a featured speaker at LTB 2014 and will be flying into JFK from far-flung Utah.
The man will spend five hours sitting in a narrow economy-class seat surrounded by violent turbulence, screaming babies and frazzled parents. He’ll then be forced to take off his shoes and socks while passing through TSA security as a group of giggling Japanese tourists look on gleefully. He will cap off his ordeal by dragging a bulky American Tourister suitcase through a maze of endless terminals and hallways in search of the elusive Budget Rent-A-Car desk.
But that’s not why he’s earned my sympathy.
If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, then you’ve probably worn all the hats and been the Jack (or Jill) of All Trades. You’ve worked the impossible hours, forgotten the meaning of “work-life balance” and juggled never-ending to-do lists with the hope that the hard work would pay off and translate into a plump bottom line.
So, how do you break the vicious cycle and achieve success?
Successful business owners come to the realization that trying to do it all will get you nowhere – or at least nowhere special – fast.
But the most successful business owners take that realization to the next level by asking: “What action steps can I take to break the cycle and leverage my team and resources for the best results?”
A sought-after author, speaker and business coach, Dave Crenshaw is the master of helping business owners triumph over the chaos holding them back from reaching the goals that they work so hard to achieve.
Picture this scene: You walk up to your car parked along a New York City street and there – tucked neatly under the windshield wiper arm – sits a fresh parking ticket, compliments of New York’s Finest.
There are now a few options for you to consider.
1. Just pay it immediately and view it as a gift to The Big Apple.
2. Stash the ticket in a drawer and hope it magically disappears.
3. Post it on eBay and ask a complete stranger to pay it for you.
You probably never thought of posting a parking ticket on eBay, right?