An important reminder inspired by the Radio
Jacki and I were out running through the Devon countryside last Thursday morning to blow away the cobwebs and to make sure we were sticking to our training program despite being away from home.
Our phones kept pinging, but we didn’t check until we returned back to the in-laws, and caught our breath.
It transpired that Absolute Radio’s DJ Christian O’Connell was talking about not working Fridays, off the back of Radio 1’s announcement that their breakfast show hosts would be cutting back to a four-day week.
We frantically got in contact with the Radio team, and more messages followed, as my book I don’t work Fridays was talked about by the hosts, along with a wonderfully free plug.
Now, the point of this week’s message is two-fold:
1). We were inspired by how many people immediately thought about our book and got in contact or left excited messages about hearing us. Thank you.
2). A quick reminder that ‘not working Fridays’ stands for so much more than just having a four-day week. It’s ultimately a legacy to inspire and enable entrepreneurs like me and you to realise our own goals and ambitions.
Your end goal – your exit – can represent a great many possibilities: to get your ‘big pay day’, to retire and pass on your legacy to someone else, to escape the mediocracy, or to satisfy your entrepreneurial itch to create something new.
Maybe you don’t want to work on Fridays anymore or you would simply like to claim back your evenings, precious weekends and family holiday time.
Perhaps there is a hobby or a heart’s desire that you have been putting off for too long and you can’t wait any longer.
Even if you intend to stay in your business for now, having a business that is ‘exit-able’ will make it more attractive to investors and will free up your time, so you no longer worry about the day-to-day work.
Whatever the reasons you have for being in business in the first place, being in a position to escape the clutches of business pressure, by scaling up effectively, is a wonderful place to be.
I know it can be difficult to imagine this when you’re caught up in the day-to-day dealing with ‘difficult’ customers or challenging team members.
But it is possible.
It doesn’t happen over night and it certainly isn’t a get rich scheme. It’s very simple and follows a structure because business isn’t that complicated – we just make it that way.
So, over your next cuppa please take time to read a couple of our Scale Stories. They’re great examples because they’re real-life, are very different businesses in terms of their markets, and are on different stages of the Scale Journey.
Read Peter’s Scale Success Story – how pitching on values is winning Peter new business over the ‘big boys’.
Read Glenn’s Scale Success Story – how to exit for millions in just 4 years.
I hope these inspire you, reassure you, re-ignite that fire in your belly.
Have a great week.