This one change could increase your teams productivity by 32 percent!

I speak to many leaders and owners of companies that tell me projects are not getting completed as quickly as they should.  It could be a variety of different things that are slowing them down.  Things such as lack of communication, ego, no sense of urgency, to just having the wrong people on the team.

However, recently I started sharing another thing that could be preventing their teams from accomplishing the goal. And it doesn’t have to do anything with the personalities of the team.  It is instead the distance of the team from each other while working on the project.

At the height the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union both, had teams of engineers working on multiple projects trying to develop and create more more weapon systems and satellite systems.  Between the government projects and private enterprise projects, teams of engineers spent countless hours working trying to develop something that had never been done before.

And like in most organizations, there were teams that consistently outperformed other teams in developing and implementing new things and completing projects. The government commissioned a study to determine why some teams were just better at doing this than other teams.  So they called on Thomas Allen who was a MIT Professor.

Allen started off his research by locating what he called “twin projects”, which was when two or more organizations, either private firms and the government were both working on the same problem.  Or it could have been two groups with the government or two groups of private firms.  Allen then measured the quality of their solutions and came up with a list of success factors that two teams had in common for completed projects.

What Allen determine pretty quickly was that the most successful projects were driven by individuals in groups that were very good communicators. After determining this, he wanted to see where these good communicators learned the skill.  Did they all go to the same school?  Did they have more experience?  Were they better at basic leadership skills? Were they just smarter IQ? Did they know each other better?  Allen looked at all of these factors and none of them gave any significance to being the reason for their superior communication skills.

Then he discovered something unique about where and how the teams of engineers were placed in their working environment. At first Allen didn’t think proximity of these teams had anything to do with their ability to get the jobs completed. But after looking at it further he determined that the most successful teams worked closer together physically.

“The ability to see each other everyday” Allen said, “is more important than you think.”

After determining this Allen researched it further by looking at the frequency of the communication between the teams.  They started looking at this across all teams and determined something very interesting. The further away people worked from each other, the frequency of their communication rapidly decreased. Allen said “It is really a serious thing, if you’re on a different floor in some organizations, you may as well be in a different country.”

Allen plotted the frequency of interactions against distance, and he ended up with a line that resembled a steep hill.  It was almost vertical at the top and flat at the bottom.  This became known as the Allen Curve.

As you can see by the curve that the steepness starts right at the eight meter mark. At eight meters or less that communication rises off the charts.

In today’s world with digital communications research has also found that teams still obey the Allen Curve. One study found that workers who shared a location emailed one another four times as often as workers who did not, and as result they completed their projects 32 percent faster (Daniel Coyle; The Culture Code, Bantam Books 2018).

As a trainer I work with organizations daily on the importance of communication in the workplace and how do it more effectively. One of the biggest things I will now share with them is the importance of proximity amongst the team.

The fact is that if we see each other and we know we have to face each other, we will communicate more effectively and more often, these two things determine success on projects and in the workplace.

To your success and your future.

Notes:  I originally read about the Allen Curve in Daniel Coyles book The Culture Code.  I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to create a better working team. Proximity matters.  Google has also understood the importance of this and have designed all of their facilities accordingly to create the most opportunities for teams to collaborate and work together. 

I can’t even argue about this…. anymore.

Like most of you, I have found myself, even more so recently, in very strong disagreements  with regards to politics.  And through these disagreements I have discovered a few things, but none as important as this one thing…

I cannot argue with someone who sees things totally opposite of the way I see it. And in many cases those individuals refuse to see the other side of an opinion because of their dislike of one politician or the other.  We will just agree to disagree and I can love those individuals for who they are.

To take it step further on one example where I have recently had this disagreement, which prompted this writing. Was on the topic of the bonuses that a lot of companies are paying their employees because of the recent tax cuts.

I personally believe that this is a very good thing. From everything I can tell, these businesses were not going to pay these bonuses out to their employees otherwise. Additionally, whether the tax cuts prompted them to do it or not.  The fact remains, employees of many organizations received additional compensation that they weren’t going to get before, because of the change in the tax structure.

Now, I see this as a very positive thing.  Since I am in business, I share a lot of business related articles and headlines frequently across my social media channels.  And I had someone who wanted to turn this positive situation into a negative one.

I believe their comment was something like this, I am paraphrasing, but this is the gist.

“Big deal, these billion dollar corporations, are giving a few thousand dollars away, this is nothing to these companies to give this money away.”  Basically they believe that this is some kind of publicity stunt, and secondly, that a few thousand dollars is not that much money to the company’s bottom line over all.  They had the money in the first place is their belief.

Two problems I have with this statement which prompted me to write this blog.

First:  These companies didn’t owe these employees this money. These employees made a decision to work for these companies at whatever wage they work at.  If they didn’t like what they were earning they wouldn’t be there.  Or they shouldn’t be there. So the fact that the company decides, because of economic conditions, we are going to give you more money. This is a positive thing.  I don’t know how in the hell anyone could see it any other way, unless you are just completely out of touch.

Secondly: The amount of money.  The amount of money shouldn’t matter either.  Anything more than zero should be considered a nice gesture. Period. Again, these companies were already in an agreement with these individuals. Now, the company was changing the game on them in a way that benefits the employees.  They should be happy about that.  And I am sure most were and most people would be.  Except for the people who are always thinking they deserve more.

And that brings me to my final point and why I can’t even argue anymore about these kinds of things.  Here is the fundamental issue. I grew up in a family of five where our household income growing up may have been $30-40K.  To some that is a lot.  But it didn’t feel like we had a lot. I chose to go to college and educate myself, and then after college I continued to educate myself. This has afforded me the ability to earn more than my parents could have ever dreamed of earning.  And they are both proud of me for it.

But I cannot argue with someone who fundamentally believes that just because one person, or one company, has accumulated more money and resources because of their hard work, diligence, and discipline.  That they should be required to share those resources and that money with others.  Or, to take it a step further and get really political, that because of their success that they should be required to give more of it to the people who haven’t had the same level of success. And honestly they do share in both of these scenarios, because of the taxes they do pay, but that is besides the point.

And sadly enough in this argument/discussion we are actually talking about a company who chose to share their resources voluntarily, but that still wasn’t enough.

I am sure I will find myself in future discussions about these topics.  Instead of getting upset and trying to prove my point.  I will just remind myself that I need to love these individuals for who they are.  And also remind myself that I cannot change a persons mind or opinion, who fundamentally believes something so opposite of my beliefs.  I will be respectful of their opinions and listen, but I will not waste my time to try and convince them.

To your success and your future.

 

 

Bring on the criticism. I need it and so do you.

Are you open to criticism?  If you are like most people, the answer would be no. You might say you are, but who really likes it?

We all need to criticism in our life to have success. Without it, we wouldn’t know what is resonating or not resonating with people. We wouldn’t know what works or doesn’t work.  We wouldn’t know how to adapt and evolve.

Nothing of value in life, and especially the first versions of something, are never that good.  They are only as good as they can be, based on what we know at that time.  What version of iPhone are you currently using?  What version of your Android phone are you currently using?  Well, if you are using an Android, I am sorry.  But I have an iPhone 7 that is running I think, version 11.1 ios.

In Silicon Valley, where a lot of software, social media channels, and other technologies that many of us use on a daily basis is created.  They have a philosophy they live by.  That is, they want to get the software, the social media channel, etc. to a point where they can release it to the market as quickly as possible.

They know the sooner they get it to the market, the quicker they can get feedback on it and start to make the necessary changes to make the product even better. They know when they release the product that it isn’t finished.  But they also know that as soon as they do, they will get the critiques they need to make the tweaks, and make more tweaks, to continue to evolve the product and make it better.

So I come back my question at the beginning.  Do you like criticism?  Or do you do everything you can to avoid it?  If you aren’t getting criticized, the chances are you are going with the flow. And let’s be honest, the flow is usually not that great. The flow usually has status quo ideas, with stagnant bank accounts, and stagnant careers, and stagnant family lives, and the flow wouldn’t be able to identify an opportunity if it hit them.

I know if you are reading my blog, then this is not you.  You want to have more in all aspects of your life.  You are willing to go against the crowd regardless of what every one else is saying. You are willing to state your opinion, even when it is opposite of the masses.  You are willing to do the hard things to get the things you want and your family wants.

If you are in leadership and you are afraid of criticism, then my guess is your team is today where you were yesterday and last year.  And most likely they will be at the same point a year from now. When you start to do things different and push new initiatives you are going to get criticism.

Here is the one thing I have learned in my life.  I have not, and am not currently, getting enough criticism in all areas of my life.  I am not stepping outside of my own comfort zone enough, which means I am not stepping out of the comfort zones of everyone that I know enough.

Whether we want to admit it or not. We are and become the people who we spend the most time with.  If you are overweight and don’t live a healthy lifestyle.  Then there is a 99% chance that the people you spend most of your time with are the same way.  If the people you spend 99% of your time with are in debt and are constantly negative, then the chances are very likely that you are in debt and constantly negative as well.

One of my mentor says this.  When you start doing something different from everyone else.  The first thing they do is laugh at you.  The second thing they will do is criticize you. Then the last thing they will do is admire you.  You cant skip to the third thing first.  You have to go through the first two steps.

Are you willing to do that?  I am.

To your success and your future.

 

 

The real reason why the Cincinnati Bengals decided to retain Marvin Lewis.

I talk about a lot of different concepts, ideas, and pretty much, you name it here on my blog.  But more specifically, I usually try to invoke a thought or an idea with my readers based on something that is on my mind.  Also, I love to write about goal setting, marketing, sales, leadership, management, decision-making, staying motivated, etc.

From time to time you will see me post specifically about sports, but I will always tie it back to the central theme of what it is that I am passionate about and what I typically write about through my blog.

Today, I want to talk about the Cincinnati Bengals renewing Marvin Lewis’s contract for another two years. This topic will be discussed at length today and for the most part everyone will be on the same side of the argument.  Which is, “Why are the Cincinnati Bengals retaining this coach for another two years?”

In case you don’t know who he is.  Marvin Lewis is the head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team.  Here is his record in the last 15 years as the head coach.

Click here to see more about his statistics as a head coach. 

  • Wins: 125 Losses: 112  Ties: 3, Winning Percentage: .527%
  • He has made the playoffs 7 times in those 15 years:  Which is 46% of the time he has made the playoffs.
  • He has never won any of the seven games they have made it to the playoffs.
  • His best season was 12-4 and his worse was 4-12.
  • The last two seasons both have been losing seasons with a win/loss record of more losses than wins.

I am not a football expert by any stretch of the imagination. My dad was a casual Cincinnati Bengals fan for all of his life, which meant on Sundays he would sometimes watch the games.  He chose this team, because of where we lived in Louisville, Ky.

We can all look at the record above for this coach.  I don’t know him and I don’t know anything about him as the man.  I hear he is a great guy, he cares about his players, and does the right thing.  I don’t think anybody can dislike a person that does all of these things. However, in the NFL, in leadership, in business, etc., the head person in charge is responsible for getting results and regardless if he is a good man and person, he is not getting results.

To tie this in with what this blog is typically discussing. Which is thought patterns of human beings. This example from the ownership from the Cincinnati Bengals is a perfect illustration of how human beings typically think and make decisions.

Very simply, the ownership is more comfortable getting what they are getting, instead of going through the pain of trying to find something else. And this is the human condition.

I don’t know what it takes to find another head coach. I am sure it requires a lot of effort, money, time, resources, etc.  And then you run the risk of getting something worse even. Additionally I don’t know the contractual agreement either.

What I do know is that the ownership of the team is unwilling to go through the hard work and effort that it takes to get a better result than what they have been getting.  They are unwilling to try something new with the hopes of getting a better result.

This the human condition.  We are more comfortable with getting what we have always gotten, with the hopes we may get more, if we keep things the same.  And we all know that in today’s world, if we do what we have always done, we will not only get the same results we have always gotten, but there is a bigger chance, we will get less in todays marketplace.

So today, if you are an NFL fan and are discussing how dumb of a move this is by the Cincinnati Bengals;  I would challenge you with this.

Have you been willing to do what is hard in your own life to get a better result?  Are you willing to go through the pain that it requires to become a better ________.  If not, then I wouldn’t cast stones at the ownership of Cincinnati Bengals, if you yourself aren’t willing to do the same things you are criticizing them for.

In 2018, and in any year for that matter, be willing to do whatever it takes to get a better result in your life.  It is going to take time, but never settle for mediocrity in anything in your life that you should and want to have success in.  Whatever your definition is for winning is in your life, you should be willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how much it costs to get the best results for your life and in your business.

To your success and your future.

 

 

 

 

My favorite quotes from 2017…don’t miss number #5, it is a game changer.

A quote or anecdote can be one of those things that can change your attitude and your demeanor.  It is a little nugget of wisdom or insight that can open your mind up to a new thought, a new way, a new anything that can make your life better.

These are the quotes, the sayings, the anecdotes that struck a chord with me.  I either read them online or in the books that I read.  Please read them and share them.  I hope they inspire you to be everything you want to be.

  • It doesn’t take money to make money.  It takes courage. —Grant Cardone. 
  • When the pressure is on you don’t rise to the occasion.  You fall to the lowest level of your preparation for the situation.–Chris Voss 
  • Being safe and in control go together, but for you to have the success you want you have to be willing to let go of both.–Brian Willett
  • There are always at least five or six things that are more important than price. –Grant Cardone.
  • Self justification is more powerful and more dangerous than the explicit lie. It allows people to convince themselves that what they did was the best thing they could have done.–From the book Mistakes were Made but not by me. 
  • Blindspots enhance our pride and activate our prejudices. —Mistakes were made but not me book. 
  • Memories create our stories, bit our stories also create our memories.
  • Talent definition: Where you are gifted, doing what you love, and are somewhat skilled at doing it.– Ryan Holliday.
  • Dont try to inspire someone with the fear fo dying, you instead of attempt to inspire them with the Joy Of Living. Change or Die book. 
  • People don’t resist change, the resist being changed. Change or Die book.
  • Consequences are a part of the learning process, without consequences we don’t learn as well or as fast.
  • Nothing so conclusively proves a mans ability to lead others as what he does on a day-to-day basis to lead himself.
  • The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
  • Remember that you need to put your attention on what you can raise or lower the most. Ex: In business, you can only cut expenses by so much.  But how much revenue can you generate?  As much as you can.  Focus on generating revenue more than you do on cutting.
  • Create systems in your life to have success.  Systems help determine your success.
  • Every skill you develop doubles your chances of success. —Scott Adams
  • The way we rate our experiences is at the peak of enjoyment and at the end of an experience.–Barry Schwartz.
  • The longer the back story, the worse the deal. —Mark Cuban
  • We gossip because we are too afraid to confront.–Kary Oberbrunner 
  • I am not comparing myself to you, I am comparing myself to me and what my potential is.–Brian Willett
  • The market rewards execution, not ideas.
  • Life is too short to be living someone else’s dream—Hugh Hefner
  • If you think the past impacts your present, you will never have a future.
  • If you want better results or even some results. Get comfortable with discomfort. That is the path to growth.
  • Nowadays, people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. –Oscar Wilde Value always trumps price.
  • The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge–Stephen Hawking
  • The hard part is not the dream or the idea, it is the doing. This is where most people fall short. Long on the ideas, but short on the doing.
  • Opportunities are never lost, they are just taken by others.
  • The difference between try and triumph, is a little UMPH.
  • Two kinds of people you should never listen to: The ones who quit and the ones who never started
  • Fear is a great indicator that you are moving in the right direction.
  • Success doesn’t come from 8-5 Mon-Fri. It comes from pursuing it all of the time. It needs your total commitment. Not 1/3 of it.
  • Few people actually know what they are capable of and even less want to find out.
  • Remember wherever you are today was a choice. If you like it. Great. If you don’t. Make another choice. It is up to you.
  • 88% of the wealthy spend 30+ minutes reading per day; 2% of the poor do.
  • Quit watching the news and make your own news.
  • Laziness is the root to all evil.
  • Some people: “I don’t like to read” My response: “Do you like to be stupid?” Nobody will force you to learn, you have to do it yourself.
  • Direction, not intention, determines destination.-Andy Stanley
  • If you want to be a leader of people, you have to be a master of words. Robert Kiyosaki

Please share and inspire someone else today.

To your success and your future.

How one word changed my life and how it could change yours too

Each year I pick one to three words that I plan on living by and using to guide my decisions for that year.  The reason for this is, I believe each year is a new season for your life. Sure, it could be a continuation from the previous year, or previous several years.

However, if you want to grow, accomplish new things, change the status quo, modify your behaviors, etc. Creating a theme or a mantra to live by, allows you to challenge yourself, because you have already identified the changes you want to make.

About five years ago I decided to take the leap.  No, not get married, but something just as close. A friend and I decided to go in to business for ourselves.  So we started a business and ultimately left are good paying jobs to pursue this new business venture. If you want to read more about that venture and what I learned click here

The bottom line is, we ultimately both went back to working full-time jobs and our business has grown since that time.  But when I went back to work then, I was on a mission.  I wanted to make sure that when I decided to leave again that I would be ready. I knew I would eventually leave that full-time job, working for someone else. Again.

So I called the next year, and really that next stage of my life “Preparation”. That was the theme that I lived by for the next couple of years.  Even though our little business is still running today, I wasn’t prepared as much as I thought I was.  I knew that for me to eventually leap again, I would have to have better skills, more money, and be better prepared.

By declaring that my mission in my life at that time it helped me make decisions.  It helped me to have a patience.  It helped me to know where to spend my time.  I knew in the back of my mind, that I would eventually do something other than what I was doing at that time and I wanted to make sure I was prepared for it when that opportunity presented itself again.

Company’s and businesses do it all of the time. You can call it core values, or a creed that they live by.  Regardless of what it is called, when a company or business decides what it is and why it is important for them, it allows everyone in the organization to be able to make better and quicker decisions. Because what is important has already been decided.  Now they just have to make decisions accordingly.  And companies change these core values or creed as time goes on.  What may have been important five years ago, may not be that important now.

As an individual person, the CEO of me.  I have to do the same thing.  I have to decide today what is going to be important for my business and my company this year and maybe even the next few years.  They all go together. By making the decision today, you wont have to think about what is important tomorrow, you’ve already decided.

A few years ago, after the business venture. I decided that real estate and investing was the theme for a few years.  It still is today, but a little different.  When I decided that real estate investing was the theme, I set a goal.  I had already owned real estate. But I wanted to increase my portfolio by ten over the next few years.  That is what I did.  For the next two years, I increased my portfolio by five.  I saved all my money, I cut out all of the wasteful spending, because at that time the theme of my life was to invest in real estate.

Again, by making that decision, that theme for my life, prior to the next year, allowed me to decide and execute much easier, because I had already decided what was most important.  Keep in mind, the real estate investments went right along with me eventually making a decision to do something different in my career.  I knew if I had income coming in from real estate it would make my decision to do something different that much easier in the future.

You can now start to see how these themes come together and work with each other as you progress through each year. This evolution is how growth, change, and success accumulate.

Fast forward to last year.  I knew 2017 was a going to be the year of change for me.  Because of my commitments that I made and executed that I described above, it was now time to make that leap again. In addition to making that leap again, I decided to get married, move to a new state, 1000 miles away from where I currently lived.  Also, buy a new business and leave a six figure plus good paying job and career to start making zero dollars in a new career.

The words I chose to make for my theme for 2017, were simple, but I needed them to help guide me each and every day as I was now doing something that I hadn’t done before.

The words were disrupt and interrupt (this was a theme by itself), cashflow, and relentless.   The most important asset to any business, especially small businesses is cash flow.  It is really the most important asset to you as an individual as well, but that is another blog for another day.

To get the business I was going to buy off the ground and producing, my focus was how can I generate cash flow daily.  From that theme I created very specific goals around it. Just like I did before with real estate.

Also, the other words, disrupt and interrupt was the mantra that I would have to live by every single day to go out and generate the cash flow that I needed for the business.  So as you can see these two themes go together.

The result I wanted was cash flow, but the mentality I had to have was disrupt and interrupt people to buy my services and pay me money. And lastly, the behavior that I had to demonstrate was to be relentless.  Which means never stop until you achieve the goal.

As I wrap up 2017 and I am planning 2018.  I am working on what the themes will be for next year.  They will be somewhat similar to this past year, but they will help me get to the next level.

I don’t know where you are in your life and your career.  But what I do know about human nature is that we focus on whatever it is that is most important. By choosing a theme for your life for next year and the years after, it will allow you to start focusing on those areas of your life.

I can only speak from my experience that when I started focusing on preparing, real estate, and being relentless in creating cash flow.  These words were at the top of mind every single day.  They guided every decision I made.  They got me up in the morning and helped me go to bed at night.

Make the decision for your life and your next season of life today.

If you want to learn more about how to do this.  Hit me up at bwillett555@gmail.com or just put something in comments wherever you read this.

To your success and your future.

 

 

 

Quitting too soon, and the hard lessons I learned from it.

About six years ago, a good friend and I were both at a point in our careers where we weren’t overly satisfied.  We both had risen in the ranks and made very comfortable salaries for many years at that point.  My friend had just moved him and his family back west and he had found a similar position there.

At the time we both had this “itch” that was gnawing at us to do our own thing.  We were both pretty confident in our abilities. We both had, or at least we thought we had, a lot of contacts that would do business with us.  We had accumulated a lot of knowledge and skills through our working history.  We said let’s go out and start a business.

I was really excited about this venture.  I had real estate at the time, but I never really thought about it being an actual business. This was now officially going to be a real business.  A Legal business, with a name, a legal corporation.

As of writing this today, I was looking at some of our emails that we were sending back and forth at the time.  The way we were bouncing ideas off of each other, the way were emailing thoughts on the name of our company.  There must be a thousand emails that stated what our company would offer, what our mission statement would be.  And, oh yeah, all of the content and information for our website.

I can remember at that time, that I was so excited that me, “Brian Willett”, would have a business.  This was far beyond what I had ever even thought I would do in my life and career.  It wasn’t that I didn’t think I was smart enough.  I had just never even thought about it.

Oh yeah, the business.  At that time, the federal government was cracking down on the sector that we both had made a career in.  The government was trying to basically pick winners and losers in a highly competitive field.  And the government had already decided who the winners and losers were going to be.

Our business was a secret shopping company that helped schools that the government had already decided were going to be the losers in this crack down, in ensuring compliance of their admissions teams.  Our pitch was simple, “Do you know what your people are saying to prospects?”  The answer was usually no.  And at that time, there was recordings going all around about how rogue admissions personnel were misleading students in to enrolling at schools around the country.

Our product provided security, data, and peace of mind to school owners and operators that they were not out of compliance.  It also provided a great tool and resource for these school owners and operators to use to make their teams better as well.

From the very beginning my partner and I never wanted to be only a secret shopping company.  Nope.  Our plan was to flip clients, who bought the secret shopping from us, into full-time clients that we would do consulting with.

We started this journey at the end of 2011, around December, and the goal was to build the business up from then until June, and then we both would quit our full-time jobs.

For six months, we worked before work, after work, and the weekends trying to get everything in place, as well as trying to land some clients.  It was hard since we were now moonlighting in a business where we were known as one thing, and we were now selling a product in to those same people who knew us.  Not to mention, that my current company as well as my partners, didn’t necessarily want us doing this.  Well, we never asked, we just did it.  Needless to say, it was risky and it wasn’t overly efficient in the way we had to go about it.

We landed a few secret shopping clients by June, and we had several pending bigger consulting deals on the schedule as well.

My friend quit his job first.  He just couldn’t take it any more. He hated everything about it. Mainly the ownership.  Now it was my turn to quit my job.

Looking back on it now, I can remember how scared I was.  I had saved some money up, we had some things in the works in the business, but I was about to walk away from a very safe and secure six figure salary and go to zero for the first time in many years.

Well, I did it.  I quit my job.  I think it was around July or so that year.

At the time, I think we had two clients that were buying some minimal things from us.  All secret shopping clients.  Now, remember, we had no desire to be a secret shopping company.  We actually hated that part of the business. We wanted consulting deals.

As fate would have it, a couple of the big deals we had in the works, fizzled out. Also, I had been offered a very sound consulting deal that was taking up more time, which took my focus off of the business. Even though this deal was going through the business, it took my focus off growing the business.

By October, both my partner and I were back to working full-time jobs.  The funny thing is though, is our business has continued to operate since then.  Even though both of us have been working full-time jobs since, our business has continued to provide us both with additional money for the last six years. Actually, as soon as we went back to work several of the deals we had been working that didn’t come through, actually came through.

I learned so many lessons from this venture.  Too many to put in this one post, however, I will give you a few of the bigger lessons.

  1.  When starting a new business, be ready for at least two years to go without a paycheck.
  2. Even though we spent six moths preparing for the launch, we could have done more to be prepared. Looking back, we should have spent more time preparing or doing more during the preparation.
  3. Dont be afraid to take risks.  Nothing is final. As you can see we both bounced back.
  4. Dont quit on your business too soon. As I shared above, My focus got pulled away in the consulting deal, which essentially forced me to quit on the company.
  5. Don’t quit your full-time job until you have outgrown your ability to manage your side business part-time.

To your success and your future.

Check out mpactgroupinc.com to learn more about the business that we started and is still operating today.