Viewing by month: November 2009

All the pretty horsies

As today is Melbourne Cup day, I thought it prudent to talk about horses, betting and winning. Today the nation (supposedly) shuts down, but of course there are those occupations that just can’t, no matter how exciting the horse race may be. For those people building their own businesses, chances are you can’t afford to take chances like you would on a race like today’s. Betting is best left for the races, and not for your business.


Gambling when it comes to business is tricky. On one hand you have to gamble and take chances to get anywhere in life. If you just wait for everything to be handed to you on a silver platter, you’d be sitting in your living room forever. Actually, you probably wouldn’t even have a living room to sit in. but I digress. Taking chances is what makes great businesses start, and work. But they’re often calculated risks, and risks that you know you can afford to take. They should also be gambles that you learn from should they not pan out the way you imagined.


And of course once the gamble pays off, that’s when you start winning. Like the other side of today’s race, a lot of hard work, enthusiasm and commitment goes in to what looks like an easy ride to us. Just like a smoothly running business. The hard work and the gambles pay off, and hopefully today it does for me too! (All that hard work getting to the TAB and all, I even had to put down my wine for 10 minutes!)

  Happy Cup Day!
0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 03/11/2009 at 9:21 AM | Categories:

Enemies of your small busines

Everyone runs their business differently. Even with an international brand like Century 21, each of our real estate offices are independently owned and operated, which means there are many different management styles within the greater organization. But across the business landscape, regardless of industry, there are a few enemies of success. As usual for your reading pleasure and enlightenment, I thought I’d run through some of them.


Firstly, later never actually comes. What I mean by this is stop procrastinating and actually just do stuff. I’ve posted before about how detrimental procrastination is to success, and saying you’ll do something “later” might make you feel less guilty about not doing it now, but every task you put off in business is likely to be costing you money, or opportunity.


Similarly, waiting until you are totally ready may also be costing you opportunities. Of course you need to be in a position that you can adequately take on whatever it is you’re trying to achieve, but who is every really, truly “ready” for anything? Stop waiting and start doing, and the sink or swim regime is often the best ground for learning, growing and excelling.


Stop using the word maybe, even to yourself. Learn to commit and act with conviction. Saying maybe is  a cop-out and links directly back to waiting for later, and procrastinating. You either will or you won’t. Decide.


Passion will get you so far, but not far enough. Yes, you need to be passionate to succeed, but you need other things too. Spruiking about your passion for your business, your team, your commitment, your whatever may motivate people to begin with, but if it’s not followed up with action, chances are you’re just going to become annoying and your business isn’t going to move forward.

Being patient in some aspects of your life may be a good thing, and there is certainly a need for it in some facets of business, but waiting around isn’t going to push your business forward. Sometimes being a little impatient and not accepting delays, procrastination or opposition to your dreams can be the best thing you can do for your success.


0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 02/11/2009 at 8:17 AM | Categories: