The world is quick to jump on the bandwagon of criticism, shaming, negative jokes, etc. but I decided to sit back and look at this from a different angle – especially as we are entering the presidential political season again here in the USA.
I heard a new friend’s story this past year about his company, which helped businesses set up different corporate structures. One day, he was greeted at his office by federal officers who were there to conduct an investigation. He was told it was about a client of his and by the time their investigation was over, he would end up spending time in jail for “knowing or being part of a conversation” that led to illegal activity.
I’m not going to tell my friend Aaron’s whole story now, but click here to listen to a recording of him telling it himself on my radio show.
The point I want to make today is, when seeing this story start to unfold on the few news blips I’ve watched over the past few weeks, it made me think, “What skeletons do we have in our closets?” We all have made a mistake or two over our lifetimes, especially in business. No one is perfect.
While the majority of people have not made this big a mistake, what must we do to prepare ourselves to avoid this kind of mess? These things do not just happen overnight; for something to get to this level of seriousness and blow up this badly, they have happened often over a period of time.
I suggest three things that could help you avoid the big mistakes.
- Join an accountability group. Years ago, my friends Rob, Barry, Victor and I would meet on a regular basis to keep our lives in line, as well as to be there to support each other when we fell. This was just a small group. Others are organized accountability groups of professionals who meet to learn from each other. Jeff Bannister mentioned them on my radio show interview with him a few months back.
- Join a mastermind group. One of the best things I did a few years back was joining my first mastermind group with Craig Duswalt. The first time I was offered the opportunity to join his mastermind, I didn’t do it. But when I returned a few months later, I jumped to join. There are many different masterminds you could join. Ours is built around branding and blogging as well as business-building ideas. But you could join any mastermind that helps keep you focused on your business when you need to be.
- Get a mentor or coach. There is a difference between a coach and a mentor. A mentor is someone who is a success already at the thing you want to do; they are successful at it, and still doing it. Part of their business model is to help others along the way, mentor them. A coach is someone who may or may not have been there and done exactly the thing you want to do, but they have a talent for encouraging you and forming you to get the results you want. Having them in your life or business provides someone who will listen to your ideas and keep you on track with everything you want to achieve in your life and business.
The idea here is to have a group of people around you who will not let you get too far from where you said you wanted to go. Again we are all going to make mistakes; we will all fail at something. The idea is to fix what needs to be fixed and not sit on the failures.
Let me make this clear as I come to a close: I’m not suggesting that Jared could have avoided his situation had he just been in these three groups. I am saying we will all make mistakes along the way and having a group like one of these to work with in your business could keep you on the success path you want.
It’s time for you to use this information to build a bigger, more successful life and business, instead of a bigger closet to keep things in, away from the world to see.
I’m Tim Gillette. It’s time to make the changes in your world. Be sure to Join us LIVE every Tuesday Noon Eastern www.TimGilletteRadio.com