“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”
Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State (2001-2005)
In the last few weeks, I have repeatedly come in contact with businesses that have achieved a level of success and want to take the next step, but can’t get through it. Often their biggest obstacle is getting the right people on the team.
This was emphasized in the Kitsap Business Forum on Tuesday. It seemed we kept coming back to the same point:
You shouldn’t do it all yourself.
This does not mean you have to hire and replace yourself in your business – at least not right away.
It means finding the core team you need to make your business a success. Here is my list of professionals you need to be successful. There are many others, I suggest every business owner have the following.
- Insurance Agent
- Marketing Expert (actually a team of experts here)
- Cooperative/Complimentary Business owners
- Accountability Source (Master Mind, Coach)
Surround yourself with great people and great minds. If you are surrounded by people or businesses that you do not wish to emulate – it’s time to get find a new group.
Don’t do it alone! Entrepreneurship is lonely enough already.