Author Brian Tracy has a great, easy reading book called "Eat That Frog" modeled after the saying that if you eat a frog first thing everyday then nothing worse can happen the rest of the day. The idea is aimed at reducing procrastination by identifying the most difficult things on your to-do list and taking care of them first. What often happens instead though is that we confuse being busy with getting the right things done that actually make the most difference. This idea is also known as the 80/20 rule, or the Pareto Principle. In short, 80% of your results come from only 20% of what you actually do. Makes you wonder why we even do those other things that are 80% of our time doesn't it?
January is all about goal setting right? You must set your goals so you know what you are working towards this year. I am not going to discourage that, but this year I am taking a break from encouraging it. The reason is simple. Everyone assumes the starting point is the goal, but just leaping into goal setting is like taking Spanish 2 before Spanish 1. So let’s just save the goal setting for another day…or year. The truth is, if you understand the prerequisite then the goal setting is not a chore but an act of enjoyment and clarity.
There are four things necessary to succeed in JumpBunch, or most all other businesses for that matter. By succeed I don't mean to have some success. In fact, you may only be able to consistently do 1-2 of these things to see some sporadic progress and growth. Inevitably you will be derailed temporarily or permanently without intrinsically having them all or quickly being able to understand and master them.
Let's make this easy to understand. Are you married? If so, that is a base example of how we are all sales people. You managed to convince someone that out of all of the other possible choices in the world, you were the one they should commit to spending the rest of their life living with. We don't give ourselves enough credit here. Pausing to think about it, that's an incredible accomplishment from a sales perspective! However, it didn't happen overnight did it? In most cases no. Often this arrangement takes place over months if not years, and it's generally considered very risky for a marriage to take place too soon.
When you hear the name Amelia Earhart there is only one thing that comes to mind. As the first woman to ever attempt a flight around the world, her name is now synonymous with blazing a trail for female pilots. Did you know though that Amelia Earhart is still alive? Amelia Rose Earhart indeed lives, and every day she is asked about her famous name. When her parents, who obviously already had the last name, decided to name her after one of the most famous women ever they did that in part to hopefully inspire her to do something just as great.
Franchise Business Review recently featured Jil Anderson in a JumpBunch franchisee spotlight interview for their website. In many ways she is the embodiment of what makes a successful JumpBunch owner. She did her research, knew what she was looking for, and then committed herself to following the established system her chosen franchise had in place. As Jil has grown more successful as a franchise owner, her level of giving back to the system has only increased. This high level of engagement benefits her fellow franchisees, but it also keeps her focused on the fact that you are never too experienced to learn from your peers. Along with the established practices and procedures, the group dynamic and opportunities for peer to peer interaction are invaluable parts of the franchise experience.
A pure entrepreneur is likely to want an environment where they have complete freedom to take an original idea, uniquely create a model for it to thrive, and operate according to their own set of rules. Before going down the road to franchising, it is important to consider whether how you're wired as a potential business owner is going to be compatible with an established and standardized system.