The easy-to-miss winning formula
Standing in the blazing 2.45pm sunshine waiting for my kids to burst out of their classroom, I felt my anger ebb away at last.
An acquaintance, Sam, stood nearby and I told him my tale of woe.
After a long drive I’d been STARVING and needed a sandwich urgently before school pick up.
But everywhere local was shut.
By that stage I was Hangry (so hungry I’m angry) and I’d bought crusty, hard-to-eat-on-the-go, french bread and a chunk of cheese from the grocery store.
I was standing there covered in crumbs. But goodbye Hangries.
‘Why do you think everyone shuts so early?’ I said to Sam, exasperated.
He paused for a moment, and then he said with conviction:
‘Lack of commitment’.
Sam’s an unassuming guy.
He talks quietly.
It would be easy to miss him.
His statement reminded me, with a start, that thriving entrepreneurs come in all personality types… but they do tend to think a certain way.
Because as well as being quiet and unassuming, he’s also a very successful creator of wildly popular restaurants. Which he sells and then goes on to set up another. He’s a hard worker.
He went on to explain that for his next project he knows evenings will go great for dinner guests, and that lunches will be ok.
But they are going to open for breakfast too and he fully expects it to take 2 years before that really catches on and gets exciting.
Without ego or judgment, as though just stating a fact, he told me: ‘people just won’t do the hard yards’.
The children burst out of their class.
We braced ourselves for the hugs and the bags and the news.
As he got ready to bear-hug his daughter, Sam gave me a cheeky smile and added quietly, ‘Which is all the better for me.’
So Networker, where can you apply this attitude in your life and business?
Where can you get willing to do the stuff other people find too hard to sustain, and then actually enjoy doing it?
Tell me in the comments, or email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org – I love hearing from you.
See you on the road,