by RON STURGEON, AutoSalvageConsultant.com
If I had to summarize the tools I’ve used to become successful and not all are financial, they are: (not in any order). In coming months, I will discuss each of these in more detail, so get your pen and pad ready!
1. Always do exactly what you say you will, to everyone.
2. Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you.
3. Surround yourself with people that can do what you don’t, won’t or shouldn’t do, or that can do it better than you.
4. Become an effective leader. Not a boss, a leader.
5. Have a mantra of constant development and improvement.
6. Be technologically savvy.
7. You simply must keep perfect credit.
8. Understand the financials and operating metrics.
9. Rely on peers and other professionals, including consultants, to help you, being judicious about the cost of course.
10. Be willing to promote yourself, talk about your successes and mentor others, sharing.
11. Learn marketing and advertising.
12. Learn to think strategically.
13. There is no substitute for an extreme sense of urgency.
14. Be the 80 percent person.
15. Host weekly meetings with all key employees, with an agenda.
16. Learn to delegate; tolerate mediocrity and the value of five seconds.
17. Share with others, listen, be collaborative – you simply don’t know what you don’t know.
18. Don’t be afraid to be a rebel – Push back, think out of the box, but be strategic and analytic about it.
19. There’s plenty of money. Be patient and prove you can plan and then execute against a plan.
20. Don’t create a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist and don’t breathe your own exhaust (get enamored by your own ideas excluding others).
21. Watch and understand your competitors but don’t focus on them.
22. Positive energy – There is no other way to survive the grueling crawl to success.
23. Systems run like watches, people can let you down.
24. Understand how your world is going to change – Many successful people start businesses, but their skills were limited to what they did.
25. Do hard stuff first and have a good work ethic and a strong sense of urgency.
Published in the October 2014 Edition of American Recycler News