Growth in chaos.

Nothing is guaranteed in business.

Companies are hard to start and hard to run.

Most go out of business before the 10 year mark.

With a million potential paths forward, you have to make decisions every day with incomplete information.

If you choose well, you’ll find a path with enough customers to keep you in business.

If you don’t, and you aren’t able to learn from your mistakes fast enough, your business dies.

But most probably just run out of money before getting off the ground.

I’ve been there.

Over the years I’ve worked in lots of roles in companies at different phases and sizes.

From web design, web development, and product management, to digital marketing, sales, and leadership, I’ve worn lots of hats.

Now I help build, invest in, and advise companies.

Some of those companies have already failed.

Some still exist.

A few are successful.

To each business I’m involved with I try to bring lessons learned from the many failures I’ve survived, and the few wins that have helped me thrive.

Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years that seem to be necessary for any business owner that wants to grow:

Vision: What is worth spending your life on? A clear vision toward a worthy goal that creates win win win outcomes. The end result should be a win for you, a win for your team, and a win for the world. This is something everyone can get excited about, which helps you with the next two. The clearer and bigger the vision, the easier all your decisions will be.

Focus: Where do you focus your Time, Energy, and Attention (TEA)? The discipline and integrity to focus on your next most important task is critical. Your TEA is limited. Don’t spill it on anything unworthy of your life force. Make progress toward your most important goal every day. Read, listen, and watch information that helps you solve your next biggest problem. See how others have done it. Life is an open book test. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Energy: Your energy determines the amount of progress you can make each day. Over the long run this determines how long you will take to reach your goals. You need a lot of energy to grind through whatever is necessary to see your vision come to life. Become the best version of yourself so you can do your best work. Your health must be on point. Sleep, fitness, food, relationships… all of it matters. Most of all, your mental health will determine how much you can grow. Plant good seeds in your brain garden. You will be energized, excited, and driven to take action without the need for discipline.

With clear Vision, obsessive Focus, and persistent Energy your company will grow.

Maybe.

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