Are you BRAVE enough...

Persistence they say is key for success,however at times stepping away from something is the most effective course . Whether it’s a failed task, a meaningless job, or a thankless relationship, stepping away can be the best thing for you, your health, and your family.

Some of us are really good at knowing when it is the best time it is to step away, and then there are those of us who stick with doing what we are doing because we feel like we can't let those around us down by stepping away.

Being the person in the office constantly expecting change, but your the one person doing the same thing over and over not willing to do something different, is no treasonable.  This is an example that requires you to step away and look at your situation differently and make changes. So you can start to see the light,and when you can confidently see the light at the end of the tunnel, you can start to see different results!

Being the person who is unbalanced, never on time, or is constantly over booked, yet you are constantly are expecting things to go your way, is not real life.  If you are constantly on the go, hustling, grinding, yet not working smart because you say yes to everything and everyone that comes your way, you are setting yourself up for the ultimate failure!  This is a perfect example where you should stop saying "YES" to things that will not benefit you, and learn to work smarter and harder at the same time. This means you will have to make some tough decisions along the way, but with tough decisions comes growth, maturity,and wisdom!  Hey, no one ever said being an “effective” leader was easy!

I remember it was 2009 and our business was failing tremendously.  The problem was I was a“YES” man.  To please my clients, my partner, and my employees I would try to take on every single job that came our way.  At the end of that year our revenue was stagnate, our growth was at a standstill, and we almost closed our doors.   After analyzing our books, I determined that all the jobs we were undertaking were not good for our business.  Our payroll was way to high, we were not staying on schedule, and most of all we were not profitable in any way shape or form.

In 2010 I made the decision to only take jobs that fit our wheel house, and jobs where we did not have to run up our labor cost through the roof to get our work done. So by taking a step back, pausing, and analyzing the situation I was able to make a systemic change in our business.  In 2009 our annual revenue was around 3 million. In 2010 we got up to almost 7 million, and by 2011 we were an 8 figure annual business.  So again, stepping away and learning too objectively and professionally analyze a situation, can sometimes be the best thing you ever do to grow your business!

Marques Ogden, Keynote Speaker