Two Secrets that Changed My Life Forever
After spending 13 long years becoming a slave to my business, I learned two big secrets that changed my life forever. My mentor would come to my office once a week to talk and pray with me. He noticed how involved I was in every little detail of the business and how dependent it was on me, he recommended I read The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber.
That book changed my business and my life forever.
After reading The E-Myth, I took a week off and traveled to my favorite place in the world, Destin, Florida, and sat on the beach and re-created my future. The first secret I learned was that you’ve got to have systems set up in your business if you don’t want to be a slave to it. I learned how to work on the business instead of just in it as The E-Myth says.
The second secret I learned (also from The E-Myth) is that the only reason your business exists is to be a vehicle to help you achieve your LIFE GOALS. You went into business for yourself because you had a dream of having more time for your family—a dream of doing what you want when you want. Instead, you sometimes feel like a slave to the business.
That’s what I felt. I was literally a prisoner of my own making. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed serving my customers and doing the technical work of the business, but now I saw a different picture.
I saw that I could have a turnkey business—one that works just as well without me as it does with me. I returned to Houston and started working on the business from my new perspective, and we grew it into a multimillion dollar turnkey enterprise. I have 40 staff members who love their work, which allows me to do what I love to do—assist small business owners become phenomenally successful.
In 1998, I began teaching my systems to other business owners through information products, seminars, and coaching. As it turns out, I was speaking at the same convention as Michael E. Gerber (author of the book that changed my life, The E-Myth Revisited). The seminar promoter arranged for us to meet over breakfast.
Since that breakfast meeting in Las Vegas, Michael has not only presented at my live events, he has become a great friend and mentor to me. I talk to him several times a year, and I will always be grateful to him for changing my business life. I love Michael; he is a brilliant, incredibly gifted man.
I am honored to have Michael Gerber speak at my conference this week in Houston, Texas. It brings me much joy to be able to share his information with you and hope it can also take you on a journey of self awareness as it did for me.
(Excerpt from 5 Secrets of a Phenomenal Business)On sale now at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com