Be In Good Company
I LOVE being an entrepreneur, but if you have entered into this lifestyle, you know… entrepreneurship is lonely. I joke about the number of times I’ve been locked away in the bathroom, sitting on the floor, crying my eyes out, but the truth is… It’s no joke. You can’t talk to your team about how worried you are about making payroll. You can’t share your profit-and-loss statements (or your concerns about them) with just anyone. And personally, I don’t want to take my problems home out of fear of stressing out my wife —she has enough to worry about.
And as much as I love my friends, family, and team, it can be challenging for me to find quiet time to really focus on my business. It seems like priorities shift every 5 minutes. If you’re passionate about your work and mission, you probably know what this is like.
So what do you do to keep yourself sane and on track? Surround yourself with brilliant entrepreneurs/friends—and be sure to make time in your life for them.
Tripping Out (Productively)
Recently I had coffee with my friend Newell and this topic of focused isolation came up. I told Newell, “You know what I would like to do? I would like to literally lock myself away and really focus on my business - my goals and aspirations."
Newell called me a few days later and said we had a hotel booked in Orlando at the beginning of the year. It’s just like him to take an idea and execute immediately.
We went. We conquered. We left.
The trip ended up being a mix of alone time and mastermind sessions with my two great friends—Newell Fox and Alex Willis. And it proved to be a great example of the magic that happens when you rely on the right people.
My hope for the trip was to have goals laid out for 2019 and some steps laid out to accomplish those goals. I was also hoping that I could let my friends see the details of my business and maybe they could open my eyes to anything I may have become blind to. Entrepreneurs can get wrapped up in their day-to-day demands and lose sight of the big picture. So I wanted their perspectives and wanted to see if they saw something I might have been missing.
Finally, I wanted accountability. I knew that if said something on that trip, that we would leave and they would be checking in to make sure I was being held accountable to going after those goals I set for myself.
It turned out to be an amazing, energizing experience. We started with a few hours of alone time so we could each zero in and focus on goal planning. Then we reconvened, reviewed our goals as a group, and got really granular and transparent about our numbers and our businesses. (That’s where you need friends you REALLY trust—those who know you enough to tell it like it is.)
What We Learned
Short answer: a LOT! These two days laid out the foundation of the entire year to the point that I am reviewing my goals daily and creating daily behaviors and actions to make sure I accomplish them.
The best part of this trip was that we all brought different types of value to each other’s businesses:
· For example, we had lots of conversations around social media and marketing, and this is where I brought the most value.
· Newell is fantastic with numbers—he really forced me to break things down step by step and open my eyes to new perspectives on my business.
· Alex is the leadership guru and really held Newell and me accountable to not only making sure we were doing what was best for our businesses, but for our families and spiritual life as well.
We each brought strengths to the table, which opened the door for a wonderful learning experience for all of us.
Our road trip reminded me that carving out time to invest in yourself is essential to growth. You need to surround yourself with brilliant people. Form a mastermind group or find at least a couple of friends with whom you can establish a trust so deep that you know that what is said in the room stays in the room.
They say you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. So don’t be afraid to be the dumbest person in the room—it may be the smartest choice you can make.