By Tumi Frazier, Founder of Tumi Frazier International
Many times as entrepreneurs we start businesses because we do not want regular eight to five jobs where we have to answer to someone, but somehow along the way we end up becoming employees of our own businesses and not business owners in a true sense of the word. Sound familiar?
It is normal to put in many hours of work in the infancy stage of your business, at times without any pay. However, as the business evolves and starts to grow you need to change your thinking and move out of your comfort zone. When the business reaches a certain level of maturity, it must have the capacity to operate without you, otherwise you have become a slave to your own business.
In her book, the Power of the Herd, Linda Kohanov refers to Cathedral thinking which presupposes that the vision you initiate must be handed over to others in order for it to live on. At some point in time, you will have to enlist the help of other people, some of whom will bring new technologies, innovative ideas and strategies that will change or transform your vision from the original plan.
The challenge for you as an entrepreneur is to “wean the baby off” and let it grow to realise its full potential. You need to learn to evolve beyond your current obsession with predictability and retention of the original concept you created.
As a leader in your own business you have to learn to give the power away and inspire everyone who joins your team in order to build a business bigger than yourself. The type of business that would leave a lasting legacy that will point to who you really were. In some cases you may not get to see the final project come to completion, but the important thing is that future generations will.
If you want to build something big, remember alone you can only do so much: “one is too small a number to achieve greatness” – John Maxwell.
Theodore Roosevelt once said: “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done and the self restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it”.
Tumi Frazier is a South African entrepreneur, professional speaker, author, TV personality, consultant, and founder of Tumi Frazier International, Tumi Leadership Academy, and Tumi Foundation. Tumi is an internationally acclaimed Leadership and Change Management expert who has worked with high profile clients and organizations across Africa, United States and Europe. Tumi has authored 4 books: Courageous Stories of Inspiration; In the Midst of the Storm; Stepping Stones to Success; and Your Moment. Follow Tumi Twitter | LinkedIn
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