Are You Investing In Your #1 Asset?

All businesses that have been around any amount of time get there.  They hit a wall.

While we often think more customers or capital are what is needed, more often this is simply a symptom.  A business cannot sustain itself beyond its leadership.

So, when was the last time you made an investment in yourself?  What was the last non-fiction book you read?  Been to any leadership or professional development workshops lately?  What peer or mentor groups are you a part of?

A wise man once told me, “Success leaves clues.”

It’s absolutely true.  While there are a bunch of junk business books out there, there are many that are written about or by people with actual fruit on the tree.  People who have done what you are trying to do in the same or another industry with similar circumstances.

You will also find quality leadership workshops.  Workshops not by professional speakers, but by people that succeeded in their field before they started sharing the story.

Peer or mentor groups are great too.  This is typically difficult for leaders, but a good business coach or mentor can be your second best asset.  Leadership can be a lonely place.  If you don’t have a board member you can lean on for advice, encouragement, or just an ear, you owe it to yourself to find a mentor or business coach.

Too often as leaders, we allow ourselves to get comfortable.  It has been my experience that a person is either growing or getting left behind.

So, go get you a good book.  Register for that leadership workshop.  Join a peer group or get a business coach or mentor.

Then apply it.

I think you’ll be surprised how surmountable that wall becomes.

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