Most entrepreneurs get stuck because they never learn to think like an owner. When you only think as a CEO or manager you always think of the business first. As a result, you become a slave to it. I learned early in my career that my business should serve my life, not run it, and that has made a huge difference in how my career has unfolded.
I’ve tried to avoid making decisions that I didn’t believe in my gut were the right thing to do – morally, financially, emotionally, or whatever.
I’ve walked away from business that I felt wasn’t right or might hurt me financially and served relationships that had the potential for more harm than good. To a large extent, I think my ability to trust my gut, to instinctively know what is right and good and true, has helped me get to where…
I’ve never backed away from making the tough decisions, even when it’s meant going against the grain.
That means you spend a lot of time training. That means you spend a lot of time putting seeds out in the field to grow later. That means you do things for people that don’t get you a dollar today but hopefully will build you a firm tomorrow.