But Slamming the Blocks into Place is SO Gratifying.
Growth of any kind–too fast and the roots needed for sustainability are shallow and superficial. Too slow and the world speeds by in an ‘84 Cutlass Supreme, throwing a red slurpee at your back, while cackles of laughter emanate out of the peeling tinted windows, and a voice yells, “Slowpoke!” (Screw you, JEFF!)
Slamming the blocks too early WILL misplace the most important processes that your business’s foundation requires you to build on.
Remember when you got that “some assembly required” item from that one store (vague enough)? You and your family were so supercharged to start putting it together that you confidently threw the build instructions out. Tearing open all the finely organized, vacuum-sealed pouches that contained the screws, nuts, bolts, and the multi-tool that will soon become an enigma for how fast it was lost, you’re optimistic at how easy this is going to be. Halfway through, you’ve run out of correct pieces, and the contents of your well-organized build is scattered all around you. Worse yet, your kids were “helping” put it together, and we all know what that means.
Overwhelmed, you search for the box, not yet ready to admit defeat, and glance at the marketing pictures of what a completed one should look like. Not helping . . . yours looks nothing like the pictures. Well, maybe I should use duct tape? Creative thinking, yes, but it’s when you start to take the time and READ THE INSTRUCTIONS found in the trash that you find your mistake. And then you have to disassemble all the painstaking hard work you’ve put towards your project.
Believe me; I know from experience that taking apart the business while those who depend on you still require the fruit which it produces is far more time-consuming, stress-ridden, and challenging than if you wouldn’t have rushed the process by slamming those Tetris blocks in the first place.
Here’s Your Early Stage Objectives:
- Step 1: Primary Aim
- Step 2: Business Development Process
- Step 3: Organization Strategy
- Step 4: Management Strategy
- Step 5: People Strategy
- Step 6: Marketing Strategy
Hash these out while the pace is manageable.
These thoughts were provoked from failures in my own life and the inspiration and early stage objectives was gathered from the book E-Myth Revisited. Get the book.