At the end of June 2003, I chose to leave a very secure job in banking to start over as an executive coach. I’d been in business for myself prior to joining the bank but it had been almost five years back in corporate. I had the privilege of working with the best of the best – a team who cared deeply for their clients and believed in the direction we were heading.
But it wasn’t enough for me and I knew it was time to become a full time executive coach. I leapt from the security of a regular paycheck – days dictated by a strict culture with high stress and expectations, back to the unknown and a new business.
As I told my team, it’s not that I wanted to go; it’s that I couldn’t stay. I had to try this. The opportunity to work with individuals who wanted more success, more ease, more greatness and control in their own lives. And my clients find it whether they are in corporate or working on their own.
This first blog is about one of 3 things I know each of us must focus on every day, especially in the role of an entrepreneur.
The first is PEOPLE. And PEOPLE includes you. Give the following some thought:
Are you the kind of person who enjoys playing the role of entrepreneur? Do you love the thrill of victory and can you handle the agony of defeat. And in both cases, will you try again?
Many businesses exist, but yours must reflect you to be truly successful. Can you connect with your defined ideal client and tell the story of your business in a way that is powerful for both you and the listener?
Who is on your team of experts to help you in your role as an entrepreneur? Who is your coach? People is about you, those you serve, and those who make you successful.
ACTION ITEM: What will I do today to become more successful – what people will I connect with to advance my goals? Do I need a coach to play my best business game?