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Top 5 Reasons Your New Business Will Succeed

As a start-up guy, serial entrepreneur and business owner 10 times over, I have come to the conclusion that there are 5 simple reasons why a new business will be successful. No matter the arena (business or life), these 5 reasons for success are consistent.

Awareness of these reasons is critical to understanding why your new business is failing or thriving. It also allows you the opportunity to ask the question “Are We doing the basics?”

Top 5 Reasons Your New Business Will Succeed

  • 1. Good Idea – The idea for the business has to be a good idea. It doesn’t have to be great, simply good enough, founded upon a need or identifiable market space, an overall sound idea and concept. It will be up to you to move it from good to great. The movement of an idea from good to a great has less to do with the idea and more with how the idea is implemented.
  • 2. Quality Product – Quality product is something that’s overlooked in this quick, fast, marketing, viral, social media day and age. Businesses and individuals will take a good idea and couple it with a mediocre product, service delivery and experience. The result of that combination will be a failing, mediocre, run of the mill business on the verge of closing its doors. A Superb product is part of the process of moving an idea and business from good to great.
  • 3. Word Of Mouth – The number one lasting source of customers for any business is referrals. Advertising will get the ball rolling, referrals and word of mouth will make sure that it maintains momentum. The number one reason people will try a new business is because someone told them to. Think about the last “new business” that you tried, checked out, visited or experienced… my guess would be you tried it because someone told you about it. The majority of my business in every business venture I’ve been a part of, including my current situation with Nxt Level Solutions has been the results of word of mouth. People telling people.
  • 4. Change and Adjust — Change is crucial. Change doesn’t mean “being all things to all people.” Change is more about adjusting to your market, your environment, your situation, the trends etc. A successful life and a successful business are a result of change and adjustments. You can willingly change and adjust or you will be forced to change and adjust. Change is not about compromising, some of the most successful non-compromising people are willing to change.“Life is change, growth is optional… choose wisely.” ~Karen Clark
  • 5. Hard Work — There is no substitute for hard work. In life and in business elevators and shortcuts are helpful; however sometimes you have to take the stairs. Good idea, good product, word of mouth, adjust and work hard.

If you want your new business, church plant or start-up to succeed, it will boil down to these 5 things.

Thoughts?

Understanding Success

Success is such a much sought after thing. We learn about success from a very early age. As a matter of fact, most of us can remember the days of receiving smiley faces, stars, A’s on report card and various atta’ boys equating to success. Later in life success happens with various achievements in High School, a college degree and ultimate success is that professional job or successful career.

Over the years I have come to learn that success is not a destination, it’s a journey and successes are mile-markers on the journey. To understand success, one must understand their journey, celebrate the mile-markers and keep pressing on.

For those that are sitting on the side of the road a bit hesitant or fearful of jumping on the road of success, you must begin to think and believe that success is going to happen.

Thought is the seed, speaking prepares the soil, believing nourishes the seed and action produces the fruit.

Begin with the truth that God truly believes in you and begin to believe in yourself. Surround yourself with the right people, those that will encourage you and believe in you. Encouragement is the fuel that propels you down the road of success. Don’t get side-tracked by the problems or settle for the exits of defeat. Think it, Believe it, Receive it, Know it, Do it and watch the success mile-markers from your rear view mirror.

Do you understand success?

It’s What’s On The Inside That Matters

I’ve heard some iteration of the phrase, “It’s what’s on the inside the matters” for as long as I can remember. The older I get the more that statement has been revealed as straight-up TRUTH. A car can look nice on the outside, but if the motor is weak… you have a problem. A house can look good on the outside, if the walls are made of something weak and there’s no furniture inside… you have a problem. Why? – It’s What’s On The Inside That Matters!

Often times I hear Christians question what they can do, doubt themselves and never truly reach their God-Given potential. Even worse, some never step off the sidelines to find out what their potential may be. The same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you – It’s what’s on the inside that matters. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. Believe it, understand it and step into it.

We may not be born with courage; however we are born with potential. Find that courage on the inside and reach your potential on the outside. It’s What’s On The Inside That Matters! Dig Deep!

Brand New Leadership App

Have you heard about the Brand New Leadership App? It’s probably the coolest iPhone/Android App yet. You simply download the app on your mobile device and it ensures that you don’t have to:

  • develop your employees
  • spend time with your employees
  • truly care about your employees
  • listen to your employees
  • take your employees ideas into consideration
  • know anything about your employees outside of work
  • help your employees reach their goals and dreams
  • encourage your employees
  • give your employees credit where credit is due
  • ever admit when you are wrong

The truth is this… there is no such app and if you are looking for such an app or you are unwilling to do any of the above; there is a extremely high probability you are not a good leader. There is no app or shortcut to great leadership. You have to take time, care about your team, develop them, encourage them, listen to them, help them reach their goals… you are the Chief Development Officer.

“My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.” — Jack Welch

Leadership – there is not an app for that.

Do you feel like more an more leaders are looking for leadership shortcuts and don’t want to take the time to develop  their team and truly lead? Share your thoughts and experiences.

Great Leaders Do This… Poor Leaders Do That

“Great leaders stand out front, point the way, encourage and get out of the way.”

“Poor leaders stand out front, stay out front, discourage and get in the way.”

Thoughts?

JD Greear – RightNow #RN12

JD Greear – Pastor Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham @jdgreear

JD Stepped on stage and grabbed the crowd’s attention instantly. Great communicator, flows like a talented rapper.

  • If your church died will the people in your community weep?
  • Instead of “Lets build a big church.” We asked, God let us bless/equip our people to build a great city.
  • Sending has 2 become less abt ur name and the size of your church. It has to be abt God and the kingdom.
  • Do what you do well for the glory of God and do somewhere strategic for the mission of God.
  • Church growth is not nearly as important as growing the people inside of the church.
  • If you life was a party, who would it be thrown for? Is it to build your kingdom or is it to build God’s?
  • It’s not a matter of if God’s calling you… it’s a matter of what God’s calling you to.
  • Stop trying to find God’s call… it’s not lost.
  • The church shouldn’t be about surrounding the leader… the church should be a leadership factory.
  • Growing the church, has us overlooking the fact that our business leaders can get the Gospel in places we cant dream of.
  • 70% of those in the UK said they have no intention of every attending a church service.
  • Churches are growing by fighting over larger pieces of a shrinking pie… We need to grow the pie.
  • Church :: The week is more important than the weekend. Empower people and send them out.
  • The best ministry ideas are found in the congregation and not in the church offices.
  • Pushing out leaders, creates more leaders.
  • Leaders are attracted to places where they can grow as leaders… Be all they can be.
  • Give away your money and God multiplies it… Give away and send out leaders and He will multiply leaders.
  • Success shouldn’t be about “seating capacity” it should be about “sending capacity.”
  • Jesus can do more with 5 loaves and 2 fish in 5 minutes than Bill Gates can do in a lifetime.
  • 1) Everyone is called 2) We have to empower our people to become leaders
  • 3) Have the courage to send people out. 4) Motivation for mission comes from the Gospel
  • The death of 1 is a tragedy, the death of 1 million is a statistic. ~Joseph Stalin via ~@jdgreear#rn12 (1 makes it real)
  • When the gospel grips ur heart sending becomes as natural as a rose bush, it just comes out of who u are.
  • Church Leader, Preach The Gospel – Business Leaders, Embrace The Gospel. Together we’ll see the harvest.

JD did a splendid job of challenging us to send out leaders, to engage the business community, to make a difference and understand our responsibility of making disciples. I thought I talked fast… Uhh Not so fast my friend, JD was flowing like an auctioneer of the Good News. Great, powerful message.

Leadership Lessons From Jerry Jones and The Dallas Cowboys

If you watch NFL or at-least watch the news you are familiar with America’s Team… The Dallas Cowboys. More importantly you are familiar with the Owner/General Manager of the Cowboys Mr. Jerry Jones. Jerry Jones is the Leader, General Manager, Operator and Part-Time Coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He has always been known for being on the sidelines, being overly engaged, not always knowing what he’s doing and having lots of ca$h to throw around. He has so much cash that he spent $1.3 billion on the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

Unfortunately, the Cowboys have gotten off to another rough start this year. They have been plagued with injuries, inconsistent QB play from Tony Romo and what appears to be ineptness of controversial hire, Head Coach Jason Garrett. Needless to say the Cowboys are 3-5 and the Leader of it all, “Mr. Jerry Jones” isn’t happy.

The term “Leader” carries a great deal of responsibility. Once a person obtains the title of Leader, they also get the bonus baggage of “The bucks stops with me!”  No matter how you slice, sugarcoat, twist, manipulate or make excuses for organizational outcomes; the bottom line is that “It’s All Your Fault!”

Leaders are generally comfortable carrying the “It’s All Your Fault” tag when their team, area or organization is experiencing success, their team is winning and people are patting them on the back about how nice their stadium is. When things take a turn for the worse, wins are hard to come by and “Big Mo” has left the building; the excuses will begin to roll like the Alabama Crimson Tide. Speaking of Crimson Time, they could probably beat the Dallas Cowboys and Nick Saban could definitely out-coach Jason Garett. Saban might be on the short list of phone calls Jerry Jones will make at the end of the season.  Stop with the excuses, stop blaming your team and look in the mirror, because “It’s All Your Fault!”

Sometimes it may not seem fair for the leader to take all of the blame, as they don’t have control over every decision that others make. There are simply too many variables that are out of their control. Leadership is not about fairness, and the responsibility nature of it is just part of the game. Jerry Jones is responsible, your boss is responsible, your pastor is responsible, Steve Jobs was responsible… the leader is responsible — win or lose, it’s their fault.

I remember having a conversation with a leader who had dotted line responsibility for one of the team leaders under my tutelage. They asked me the following question about this particular team leader, “Is so-and-so’s area successful because of their leadership or in spite of their leadership?” My answer was, absolutely because of that particular leader and not in spite of. If things were failing and falling apart it wouldn’t be in spite of that particular leader. It’s a two-way street.

Dear Leaders, if your organization is failing, people are leaving, people are not being developed, people are not growing, people are unhappy, leaders are not rising to the top, momentum is long gone and you can’t seem to spell suczcess. “It’s All Your Fault!” If things are great and success is happening, enjoy the season because “It’s All Your Fault!”

There is no need to complain about the outcomes, just embrace the reality.  Next time your boss starts complaining and making excuses, simply look them in the eyes and say “It’s All Your Fault!” Keep in mind, just because it’s their fault doesn’t mean they won’t pull a Donald Trump on you and look you in the eyes and say, “You’re Fired!”

Speaking of being fired, Jerry Jones the Owner was asked the question about would he fire Jerry Jones the Manager and he said yes. He also recognized the difficulty of being the man that makes all of the decisions. In an interview Jones said, “I have always worked for myself and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager.”

The person who complains about the way the ball bounces, is likely the one who dropped it. ~Lou Holtz

A leadership lesson from Jerry Jones is this… It’s Your Fault!

What do you think? Share your thoughts and experiences.

Your Temper Is A Knife and You Hold The Blade

Temper, Temper, Temper, Temper…

I am inspired to write a post this morning about the affects of a bad temper after my son’s football game last night. It was an amazing 2 hr. and 10 minute, triple overtime epic battle 9 year old’s that resulted in a loss for our team. During the 3rd overtime one of our players that is known to have a temper, totally lost his temper. The result was him being rejected from the game.

This young man has played with my son on several other teams, so I had a relationship with him. I sat on the sidelines and talked to him about his temper and control. I encouraged him to use his “passion” in a positive manner, talked about alternative ways to behave and talked about how tempers generally hurt the person with the temper more than it does anyone else.

“Your temper is a knife that you hold by the blade.”

I don’t know how many leaders, bosses, husbands, wives, public figures, athletes, kids… that have been taken out because they are holding the blade of a nasty temper. We can try to point children in a different direction, call their behavior passion in order to find a positive spin and help them to get it under control. Adults on the other hand must take responsibility and put down the knife. If they don’t put the knife down now, it will only snowball into a huge machete that can no longer be hidden and it will cut them every time they turn around.

Your temper will take you out You are going to take yourself out if you don’t let go of your temper.

Share your thoughts, experiences and observations on the negative repercussions of a temper and your thoughts on the knife analogy.

It’s Time To Speak Up!

People don’t speak up because they are scared of what others will think. What if what they say is wrong or taken out of context? What if they let people know what they really think? Will they be ostracized? Will they be fired? Will they be viewed negatively?

People don’t speak up because they are scared… they are scared of themselves and others.

It’s Time To Speak Up! Say what’s on your mind!

Don’t be a know it all, ignorant or immature, but please speak up.

Speak up for what’s right, speak up for what’s necessary, speak up for what’s good and speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. If you are unwilling to speak up for what’s right, you will eventually lose your right to be heard.

It’s Time To Speak Up!

Don’t Get Distracted

Distractions are the biggest inhibitors to reaching goals and a become great roadblocks on the road of success. The problem with distractions is they come in all shapes, forms and fashions. Unfortunately, distractions are generally self-imposed. Individuals constantly make decisions to allow these things to take them away from those things, which ultimately takes them away from the most important things.

Often times sin works the same way; it’s the result of a little distraction over here and next thing you know your decisions are way over there. Getting distracted is a choice and if you want to be successful and have a fruitful journey, you must learn to stay focused and choose not to get distracted.

This African Proverb says it best:

“The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.” ~African Proverb

You are a lion, you are on a mission, don’t get distracted when the small dog aka “Distractions” bark.

Thoughts? Do you find yourself getting distracted? Have distractions inhibited your success?

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