In my experience, successful entrepreneurs are always seeking to improve. They are always on the lookout for new business books or new podcasts or new techniques that they can learn from and apply to their business — and they invest an extraordinary amount of time and money in this search for improvement. But there’s more to life than just business. And when you spend all your energy improving in one area of life, you neglect other areas. You may be rocking your business, but your health is declining. Or perhaps your health is fantastic but some of your relationships may be suffering. For me, I’ll never forget when my wife said, “You’re an amazing businessman, but you’re just an OK father.”
After that, I decided to change the way I approach improvement. Instead of just working to improve my business, I made a conscious effort to improve in 5 key areas of life. I committed to learning and growing financially, spiritually, mentally, physically and socially. Each of these impacts all the others. What good does all the money in the world do if your family life is dysfunctional? Health issues can be financially devastating. And poor mental and spiritual health can lead to bad business decisions. In my opinion, constant improvement in all 5 of these areas is a must.
So how can you maximize your growth in each of these of these 5 key areas? Counter intuitively, the answer isn’t to start with where you’re weak. Rather, it’s to focus first where you’re strong, to identify why and how you’re strong in that area, so you can then apply the same techniques to your weaker areas. If you’re currently growing the most as an entrepreneur, write down specifically what you are doing to improve. You may have never really thought of it before, but it’s critical that you identify concrete reasons here. The objective is to identify a specific, detailed formula for improvement that you can apply to the rest of your life.
Article Credits: Garrett Gunderson, Forbes