Start With Yourself

If you want to be successful, you have to start with yourself. The best way to improve your life is to improve on you.

I’m not sure you haven’t heard this story before, but it really illustrates something important:

It just happened that I had the need to do some work on my car. I looked for a fair market price for the job by making some calls. After simple research I found that the job could be done for 75 percent less if I exercised some patience. I could order some parts and hire the labor directly. Sure, there would be trade-offs, such as warranty and other bells and whistles, but I did not mind it.

I bought the parts, hired somebody to do labor and paid this person for 3 hours of work at two times 1/2 the normal rate for this type of labor, well done job. I later called this same person to do further work, he agreed to come. Unfortunately I ended up waiting two days in a row for him to show. He never showed up. There was no call to cancel. So, what does this have to do with starting with yourself? 

 If you do not start with yourself by learning to communicate effectively and follow through with self-responsibility, you will delay your success. Don’t be a one timer! Always create long term relationships, and leave doors open. Be the best and nourish what you have.

If you’re going to pursue a start-up, business venture, or anything else that has meaning for you, start with yourself by digging deep and asking “Will people like this package?” If the answer is anything other than a definite “yes”, make self-improvement your top priority.

 

  • http://www.tampatechclub.org Matthew Johnon

    This is very true. Creating long term relationships is a requirement. Another is the ability to recognize the quintessential “win win” situation.

    In this example consider the benefits if the laborer had recognized opportunities associated with doing business with Francis. For one, he would become Francis “go to guy”. Two, Francis would have referred him to a friend or two (or everyone in Tampa on his blog). Also, What if the laborer had just called to say “no, I cant do this job”? This is all it would have took to keep the lines open with Francis.

    I truly believe this is the day of the entrepreneur. In order to properly succeed in our own ventures we MUST first know ourselves. We must know our strengths and weaknesses and not be afraid to learn and improve. In fact, I think we should condition ourselves to always be seeking knowledge and improvement.