When I wrote my EBook: 50 Ugly Truths About Owning and Running Your Own Business…and 5 reasons why you should do it anyway I was responding to a number of misperceptions I was hearing from entrepreneurs. Historically, at any given time six out of ten US adults is thinking about starting their own business. A number of new entrepreneurs are emerging that I refer to as “necessity-preneurs “who were downsized and can not find new employment, are deciding to launch their own businesses as they want a much more active role in the security of their careers. The last group are cashing in their 401k and or borrowing from friends or family to buy an existing business and in a short amount of time realize they really just bought a job and they are quickly running out of cash.
In my recent post; Are you a Pit Bull or a Poodle I share a quick test I give clients who are considering entering the entrepreneurial game. One of the key indicators you are a Pit bull is you ;
“Play life like a champion.”
So what does it mean to play life like a champion?
Having lived in North Canton Ohio most of my adult life the Pro Football induction ceremonies and celebrations are a big event we looked forward to each year. Aside from the parades and ribs burn off I often would listen to the speeches recognized Hall of fame champions gave when they were inducted.
This year was not exception as Emit Smith’s speech was one all business owners setting out to be the dominant market leader in their field should listen to. Below are some key bullet points I gathered from his speech;
don’t set out to be good, set out to be the best
write your goals down and they become real
study the greats that went before you
demand excellence of your self and those around you
be thankful each day you are blessed to be playing
rarely is personal recognition won without the contribution of others
share your goals with others who will hold you accountable
understand it will take sacrifice and make sure you are willing to do what it takes
Never, never ever give up
I found this speech particularly inspiring as so many business owners and their leadership teams face challenging times.
As leaders we must be intentional about the values and principles we weave into the fiber of our cultures. Just as goals not written down are just dreams, failure to intentionally state and reward the behaviors you desire of yourself and your team is a mistake as champions do not “just happen”.
Hall of Fame Football champions do not “just happen”, they are born of a relentless desire for excellence.
So how about you…..
Do you have a clear written goal that demands excellence to achieve it?
Does your team clearly understand the goal and the path required to achieve it?
Does your team reward the behaviors of champions?