Over the last few installments of this series, we have considered some of the ingredients necessary for business success. As I travel to speak and consult, I run into businesspeople of every description, but I also run in to people who believe that business success requires a certain leadership style, background and set of skills.
Some business leaders who have not achieved the success they want reason that they just don’t possess the right style or set of characteristics. If only they were more outgoing, or more aggressive, or more something.
My friend and fellow recycler DL is as different from me in management style, background, and skills as any two people could be. He is quiet, conservative, pragmatic. I am bold, brash, and a risk-taker. We have both succeeded. We have both innovated and we have both been leaders in the recycling industry.
He did not waste time worrying that he lacked some ingredient to be successful. Instead, he only asked how he could get there with what he had. You don’t have to be an intense workaholic to find significant success. Neither do you have to be a structured pragmatist. The common thread in character is that both DL and I share strong habits that support our work ethic and back up our decision-making. This same characteristic is part of what makes the fictional entrepreneur from last month’s article so successful.
Admire another business leader for an attribute you lack, but do not believe for a moment that success is unattainable. You can be any kind of person having any kind of personality found in the business world. It’s not so much what kind of person you are as it is what you do with what you are. That’s what really counts.
Most of your customers care about only one thing: can you solve the problem that brought them through your front door? They don’t care about leadership style, background, resume. And the beautiful thing about our capitalistic system is that you have the opportunity to compete freely and win no matter who you are, where you came from, or how educated you are. Focus on how to win, not why you can’t.
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Remember only you can make business great!
Ron Sturgeon, Mr. Mission Possible, has been a successful business owner for more than 35 years. As a small business consultant, he can deliver wisdom and advice gleaned from an enviable business career that started when he opened a VW repair business as a homeless 17-year-old and culminated in the sale of several businesses he built to Fortune 500 companies.Ron has helped bankers, lawyers, insurance agents, restaurant owners, and body shop owners, as well as countless salvage yard owners to become more successful business people. He is an expert in helping small business owners set the right business strategies, implement pay-for- performance, and find new customers on the web.
As a consultant, Ron shares his expertise in strategic planning, capitalization, compensation, growing market share, and more in his signature plainspoken style, providing field-proven, and high-profit best practices well ahead of the business news curve. Ron is the author of nine books, including How to Salvage More Millions from Your Small Business.
To inquire about consulting or keynote speaking, contact Ron at 817-834-3625, ext. 232, rons@MrMissionPossible.com, 5940 Eden, Haltom City, TX 76117.