Follow the predictable path to success

There is a certain thrill and adrenaline rush you get when you go over the handlebars of your bike and are flying through the air, as I did recently. That thrill (and pain) is hard to replicate except maybe by riding bulls or broncos at a rodeo. The result however is certainty predictable; you are going to hit the ground.
Thrills and predictable results in business are similar to sports. A couple months ago I ran into a fellow who told me that he was getting tired of running his business because as he said it, he had lost “the thrill of the deal.”
Business can be exciting and exhilarating when we have clarity about our purpose, are energized by serving our clients, when we are getting results and when we are surrounded by a great team of people. Take away any of those conditions and the result is predictable 90 per cent of the time.
Stress starts to build in the organization and over time, as leaders, we become tired, disillusioned and discouraged. We lose the thrill.
Just last week, a guru in the construction industry told me that the secret of his “overnight success” that took 20 years was the consistency of his marketing. This really struck home when another business owner in a similar industry told me that he had been marketing for three months now and was tired of not getting results.
If we want to have predictable results in business, we need to have a clear proven plan that that we follow week after week, month after month, year after year. Yes, we may want to adjust the plan to account for changes in technology or environmental factors but it’s the consistency that matters. There is a saying that “Success leaves a trail”. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel to be successful. We simply need to look to others who have gone before us, and follow their path.
Whether we are planting a garden, raising kids or pets, playing sports, or running a business, there are certain best practices that get predictable results 95 per cent of the time.
There are systems that when implemented, ensure positive outcomes. In gardening it might be; don’t plant before the last full moon of x month; If your garden is dry you add water; put a fence up to keep out foragers.
These might seem like common sense if you are a gardener, but you might not have a clue if someone didn’t tell you.
Unfortunately for many business leaders, we think we know it all.
We believe that we can manage people, run our finances, and be a whiz at marketing the day we open our business, or take our leadership position.
When we fail to implement best practices, the results are going to be fairly predictable.
There is a reason that 30 per cent of businesses never make money and another 30 per cent are marginally profitable. The owners haven’t followed the clues left by those who have been successful before them.
If you want to be successful in your business start rubbing shoulders with those who are the most successful in your industry.
Find out what they are doing that really works. Read their books, follow their blogs and talk to them in person to pick their brains. Then do what they did and you will probably get similar results.
If you are into mountain biking, leadership or business long enough you are going to have bruises, make costly mistakes, and have brushes with failure (and maybe even brushes with death). It’s all part of the thrill of the game. If you stick with it long enough you might even have some good stories to tell you grandchildren and some clues to pass on to them so that they can be successful as well.
Dave Fuller MBA, is an Award-Winning Business Coach and the author of the book Profit Yourself Healthy. Hurting from your fall? Email 

article continues below

Read Related Topics


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Prince George Citizen welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. Comments that contain external links will not be permitted. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Support COVID lockdown? POLL

If COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in B.C. and the North, would you support another full lockdown as seen in other provinces and countries?

or  view results

Popular Citizen

Lowest Gas Prices in Prince George
Prince George Gas Prices provided by