On this month’s group coaching call, I was surprised to find that most of the participants were not cube dwellers getting ready to leap, but rather seasoned entrepreneurs who were overwhelmed with the amount of details they were juggling in their thriving businesses.
Michael Port, who I have mentioned many times and interviewed for my old radio show, has written a very thought-provoking and useful follow up to his first best-seller, Book Yourself Solid. The book is called Beyond Booked Solid : Your Business – Your Life – Your Way – It’s All Inside. It covers how to plan for the inevitable "good problem" that happens when you work diligently to build up your business: before long, you are overwhelmed with details and the quality of your life (and business) suffers.
This graphic, which came with the preview copy of the book and I hope is included in the final version, sums it up nicely (click on image to enlarge):
If you were to replace this business guy with a woman in jeans with two kids hanging off her hips, this could be me.
To put it bluntly, if you want to grow your business without systems, you are screwed. There is simply too much to plan, do and remember to do it all yourself. And this is the case even if you want to stay extremely small.
If you want a little free taste of the book as well as listen to what promises to be an interesting conversation, tune in Monday, April 28 at 12pm Eastern to hear Michael, my good buddy Rich Sloan of StartupNation and Howard Behar, former President of Starbucks discuss the book. Even if you miss the live conversation, sign up here to get the recording.
I really enjoyed the book and hope you will too. If you read it, please share your thoughts here!
Since this post went out late, my friend Elizabeth Marshall of www.AuthorTeleseminars.com who hosted the calls was generous enough to share the download link with everyone. I just listened to it here and it is a really interesting conversation.
Note: this link will lead to a blank page and open a pop-up box
for you to click save and download the mp3 to your computer