What kills your productivity? Is it lack of direction? Is it lack of planning or focus? Well, based on a whole host of research by some much esteemed organizations, its distractions! In fact, the average person wastes up to 25% of their time each year engaged in useless or low level activities. 25%!
At the age of 9, I was a typical kid. I had no formal training or skills at that point in my life but I did possess two qualities: a natural curiosity and a desire to make money. So it was not surprising to my mom and dad that I was always asking them for things to do that would earn more money than the standard weekly allowance I was receiving.
This is a story about a business owner who was searching for the secret to success.
Once upon a time, an accomplished business man set out in search for the secret to success. He had achieved much in his time in business but somehow felt he had not conquered success as he had hoped.
Kate writes, "I've been working on a side business for several years. I really want to make it a full time job, but have been nervous to take the leap. I would love to hear from you about what got you motivated? Any words of advice?"
Here's what I said...
I received a question from a wouldbe entrepreneur about how to incorporate professional development into his already busy schedule.
Here is the question Rob came to 'Ask Steve' with:
"I have been working on a startup on the side and keep thinking that it might be helpful for me to take some business courses, particularly around marketing and product development. However, it is the first thing that I always cut out of my busy schedule. How do others fit in professional development?"
Rob, you are not alone. Way too many entrepreneurs and seasoned business people short change themselves by discounting the curent and future value of professional development. Even large corporations do it! When revenue starts to decline and the bottom line starts to shrink, investment in professional development is the first to go.
In many respects, business is just a big complicated game. Like most games, you have an objective, a desired outcome, a plan, a strategy, team members, competitors, necessary skills and resources to work with. And like many games, when someone wins, the perception is others lose. But unlike the traditional game outcome, a business can be successful without winning every encounter in the marketplace.
About the Author
Steve provides leadership, management and marketing coaching to business owners, executives and entrepreneurs worldwide. Considered the Catalyst for Change by the California Business Journal, Steve has coached over 400 business professionals to date.