Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Fatal Assumption

I’m inspired to write this article after a long discussion with a colleague of mine David Wescon, who owns and manages a very successful Vision Personal Training Studio in Brighton, VIC.

We operate at very similar levels in our business lives and were chatting about our perspective on business as experienced operators opposed to people just getting started in business or preparing to do so.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and it can be used for future advantage. Talking with David reinforced to me that we now have a different perspective on business and that clarity can make all the difference. When I first got into business I was nowhere near as prepared for battle as I am now. With lessons learnt and time spent developing I became more adept at business and my results improved.

Whilst I do not think it is possible to prepare fully for what going into business will be like, you can certainly train very well, and be as prepared as possible to succeed.

Here are some questions I have for you aspiring business owners and current business owners:

Do you know your numbers?
Do you have the appropriate structure?
Who is on your team? – Accountants, legal, coach, staff etc
What is your purpose of getting into business?
What kind of lifestyle do you wish to have?
How long before you make a return on investment?
Is business the appropriate vehicle to achieve your goals?
Am I well equipped, emotionally, intellectually and financially for the journey?

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The power of accountability

Yesterday I met an old acquaintance I had went to school with during senior year. This person I had not seen in about 8 years. She works as a hairdresser and by the off chance I booked in a haircut for my son with her.

After the initial hellos, the first thing I was asked was do I still love Ferrari? My answer was simple: yes, and I have one!

This question amazed me, it made me think about all of the accountability I had subconsciously built into my life. I had engineered public accountability to ensure there was massive pain in me not achieving my dreams. (more…)

The grass is greener where you water it

My next door neighbour has impeccably kept lawns, the kind of grass you’d want to step on barefoot; it would be soft, thick and bindy free to your soles. Mine, well it’s not so. Why?

Well it is because I fail to water it as regularly as he does; as the saying goes the grass is greener where you water it! My excuse is that he is retired and I have better things to do. We also have a gardener who obviously isn’t doing his job very well in comparison.

Admittedly the real reason for my front lawn not to be in the best shape is from a lack of focus.

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20 things I wish I knew when I was 20

 

At the time of writing, I’m 27 years of age. The amount of learning I have dedicated myself to, or have been exposed  to made me think of all the learnings I wish I had known earlier, I narrowed it down to 20 things I wish I knew when I was 20.

You always hear of older people saying if I only knew what I know now, things would be different! Life is a constant learning process, the more I learn the more I realise how little I know.

This spurs me on to dedicate my life to continued education and experiences with an open mind knowing full well that I will be bound to pick up more gems along the way.

I thought I’d post up 20 things I wish I knew when I was 20, but now I know them they are apart of my life and my understanding of it. I will blog about individual items in more detail as I progress. (more…)