I’m sitting on a flight to Barcelona. It’s been a good couple of months since my last trip, but it has been much longer time since I’ve been on a holiday. Technically, this trip is not a holiday, as I do have to do ‘few’ work related things during this trip.
What makes this trip special is the fact that it is the first time when I’m able to work remotely. Working while traveling has been something that I’ve been working towards for the last three years. Working remotely is not the end goal, I consider it as a milestone and I do feel good about it.
Last month something happened that we did not anticipate – we went literally from zero to hero almost in a single night. I still cannot believe the results we generated last month, it simply feels surreal. This is not one of those “Mom, I made it” –moments, but we have come a long way in very short time.
It is really important to emphasize word “we”, as I firmly believe that I was able to find the right people to work with. They are really smart and hardworking, who are not afraid to express their opinions. These are all very good qualities from my business partners, but there is one thing that I truly value more than anything else in them – the lack of ego.
It is very easy to fall in love with your own idea. You figure out something new and mind blowing. You think it is the best idea ever, maybe it is even a “game changer”. Your excitement level is getting through the roof. You spent time on planning the execution, estimate the potential ROI and other positive effects this new idea of yours might do.
You blast out the new idea to your business partners, words are coming out of your mouth like bullets from a machine gun. Once you finished your epic rant to your partners, you simply cannot wait to see their reaction
They shoot down your idea like a duck flying too slow during the hunting season. They see something that you didn’t see, they have something that you completely missed out. Argument after argument your idea gets beaten down to the floor. These are the moments when you see the true nature of the people how you work with.
- Do you have the courage to listen and acknowledge the potential holes in your idea?
- Is there something that can be done to fill out these gaps in your ideas.
- Can you admit that the idea maybe wasn’t the best idea in the world and move on?
- Are you partners and or colleagues able to play with the idea, to see if there’s something that can be used?
This is not to say that I’m perfect at this, but it is something that I want to be better. Sometimes it really stings when my “master plan” gets beaten down to get ground, but do you know what’s the beauty of it? This is how we make smart business decisions, it’s not always the most fun way, but I firmly believe that looking things critically will yield good results in a long run.
Sometimes we do make poor decisions and we have to pay a price for those decisions. The reality is that when you are running a business, sooner or later you are going to make mistakes. You just have to deal with it and not to dwell on it. The key is to move forward as fast as possible and deal with the issues as they arise and not get stuck in a never-ending planning phase. That will get you absolutely nowhere.