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Are You Suffering From Shiny Object Syndrome?

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‘You will encounter many distractions and many temptations to put your goal aside. But if you hang in there, always following your vision, I have no doubt you will succeed.’

Larry Flynt

Entrepreneurs by nature are ideas people. We are the innovators of world who dare to think big. We see the world through a different lens, see opportunities where other don’t and are willing to take risks and put our plans into action.

While these qualities are gifts this love for new opportunities and innovation can distract us from our goals and ultimately your success.

When a business is brand new we have so much belief in our idea that nothing can distract us. The excitement knowing that our idea is becoming a reality consumes every thought and we charge at it like a red rag to a bull.

However, there comes a time, typically when a business starts to grow and becomes more visible, when new ideas and opportunities present themselves. For the idea loving entrepreneurial mind these new opportunities are like an industrial strength magnet pulling you in their direction.

I call this phenomenon Shiny Object Syndrome.

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Teachings from Komang

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villa damaiTeachings from Komang

At the time of writing this I’m living on the small Indonesian island of Nusa Lembongan. Google it, its paradise.

The image to the right is our actual villa, insane!

I’m sitting here watching our gardener Komang meticulously sweeping the sand around our villa (that’s right, I said sweeping the sand). I can’t help but notice the attention to detail as he moves slowly, purposefully, ensuring every inch of sand is perfectly smooth before moving onto his next task of removing every wilted leaf from our plants and trees.

The result is a villa that looks as amazing (if not better) as any 5-star resort. Do you put this much effort into every task, even the tasks you don’t enjoy? I know I don’t but after watching Komang I am going to start. Like my dad always said ‘if its worth doing its worth doing properly’.

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Avoid PAIN, Structure Your Business Right From The Get Go

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‘A successful man is one who can lay a foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him’
David Brinkley

For entrepreneurs, starting a new business is no doubt the most exciting thing you can possibly do. This is certainly the case for me! Coming up with the concept, researching the market, creating the business model, designing the marketing and sales plan, thinking about the limitless potential and strategizing how you’ll achieve success. Oh man, just writing about this gets me all pumped up!

When building a business it’s so easy to get caught up with all the exciting elements and not even think about key fundamentals like the company and financial structure of the business. For most of us just the words structure and financials sends up to sleep, yawn!

Boring as they may be these elements are absolutely essential if you want to avoid a huge amount of pain down the track!

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What’s Your Game Plan?

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It doesn’t matter what stage your business is at there is always loads of things to do. If you’re starting out you are flat out learning on the fly while wearing many different hats. As the business grows you’re putting systems in place and building your team so that you can begin to delegate tasks and leverage your efforts. A few years in your focus is on growth opportunities and managing the business. As a mature business you may not be working in the business but you are working on strategy and perhaps reporting to a board and shareholders.

The point is there’s always lot’s on, so you need a really clear and practical strategic plan.

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