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Grow Yourself First

Grow Yourself First

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” ~Jim Rohn

A while back I had breakfast with a remarkably successful business owner who was producing well over seven figures. His company employs over 275 people in an intense outdoor work environment. During these trying labor shortage times where we are seeing the great resignation, employees leaving a company for more money elsewhere, this owner was experiencing a low 5-10% turnover. Many of his employees are staying 20-25 years. He focuses on his numbers; he knows what they are, and he knows his niche in the market. His company is so reputable he passes on some jobs and gets offered work from companies without ever going to bid.

As I ate my warm buttery grits and spicy bacon, I started asking him questions. “How do you do it? What has made you so successful?” He said, about 12 years ago, he changed the way he led his company. He started by learning more, developing himself better and then helping his team of people. He had an extensive list of self-improvement items. In a humble firm voice, he told me, that he focuses on his culture, leadership and his employees’ morale, every day.

That kind of focus is not an after-thought. That type of success doesn’t just show up one day. It is practiced and it is intentional. It is the result of developing yourself so that you can develop your employees. He was pro-active and worked to develop a culture, an environment, suitable for growth. His company culture mattered to him because it mattered to his employees. As a result, his employees stay with the company and produce the excellent results needed to succeed in a competitive market.

The best way to grow your culture is to grow yourself. The culture will deliver the results if you do it right. Dive into getting better, be on fire to improve and to help others. It is contagious, it becomes the norm and as people work to improve, the company improves. Don’t be passive about your culture or you will grow lots of weeds that choke out your success.

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ~Jim Rohn

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