Castles in the Sky
We all have dreams. Some are dreams we have held onto since childhood, some are those we build as adults. Dreams feed our soul. If we are fortunate, we have people in our lives to support our pursuit of all we aspire to. They serve as a wonderful support system that bolsters our confidence as we lay the foundation to our success. Building a dream is awesome! That being said, we must make sure we are building on solid ground.
I have had these conversations with girlfriends and colleagues; frustration over what we call ‘castle building’. Once upon a time, I was guilty of this. The conversation is always a variation on a theme…. “How is everything going for you? Is business going well?” the answer is always “Oh, we can’t breathe we’re so busy! We have more business than we know what to do with!”. Uh huh. Here is the take-away from that conversation: no one is willing to be honest, or vulnerable, in talking about the reality of their situation. I, like most people, did it to avoid judgement, a perception of failure, fear of not measuring up to other’s expectations. Instead of viewing that inquiry as an opportunity to talk about how we can be better/more successful, gain insight into how others market & grow, or gain a greater portion of our market, we pretend we have everything we need. It is a volatile and isolating practice that accomplishes nothing. The truth is, the most successful people I know are those who collaborate, share their strengths & weaknesses, seek out the brilliance of other professionals. If you look at any major market, any large, well known brand, there are no successful islands.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life, and in business, is that when you try build something alone you are likely to fail. Not because you do not have the vision to support your dream, or the smarts to develop it, but because you don’t have the network required to be successful longterm. When you connect with other successful people, collaborate with industry leaders, and create a community of doers, the opportunity for longterm, stable success increases exponentially.
Enjoy your support team! Employ really smart, creative, bold risk takers. Build a team, be willing to learn, stay open to the input of those you respect and keep it real. You don’t need a castle. Your community will be a much richer, brighter place to grow!