ICS Magazine

10 Laws to Live By

March 26, 2012

Law No. 1 - It’s got to be fun: Life is too short and the potential to enjoy all aspects of life are too great to overlook this law. Sure, bad stuff happens to everyone, but that should be for a season and not for a lifestyle. Enjoy your customers, your vendors, the thrill of the pursuit or go and do something else. Running a business can really be a lot of fun. Are you having fun or would you be better off working for the man? Here is how I have fun in my business.



Law No. 1 - It’s got to be fun: Life is too short and the potential to enjoy all aspects of life are too great to overlook this law. Sure, bad stuff happens to everyone, but that should be for a season and not for a lifestyle. Enjoy your customers, your vendors, the thrill of the pursuit or go and do something else. Running a business can really be a lot of fun. Are you having fun or would you be better off working for the man? Here is how I have fun in my business.

  1. I love a challenge. Do you want to be the biggest, the best, the go-to company in your market?
  2. Plan, plan, plan and the watch your plans come to fruition and success. I think that is really a blast
  3. Treat your employees like family. If they aren’t any good, get rid of them! I may be crazy, but I find firing low performers fun. Not the act itself, but my feelings when they walk out the door.
  4. Big paychecks, big jobs, big marketing successes!
  5. Run the company like being the symphony conductor.

 

2. God First, Health Second, Family Third and Career Fourth: Things work out in this order and when you get this out of order…..

I know in America, it’s almost against the law to mention God, but here you go. Only five to 10 % of Americans are atheists, so if you are one, you can skip the God part, I won’t be offended. Going back to law No. 1, to me, being politically incorrect is loads of fun.  

 

3. Be Grateful: No one can ever say, “Thank you” too much. Send thank-you notes, be grateful for what you have and when you feel yucky, learn how folks lived in the 12th century. You will be amazed at how fortunate you are. Go to a nursing home or a children’s cancer ward and you may find that you are pretty fortunate. Keep the complaining to a bare minimum and don’t hang around negative people. You are like the five people you hang with the most. Beware.

 

4. Take Massive Action: This is where many business owners fall short, along with a lack of planning. If you really want to get somewhere, you are going to have to implement your strategies. And if you are going to implement, why not do it on steroids. Fast is better than slow in this department. Are you taking massive action? Don’t kid yourself. Think about what massive action looks like for a moment and then get going with it. Your competition may be “massive-actioning you” right out of business. That’s not a very nice thought, is it?

 

5. Humility Please

If you are a huge success, you’ve gotten some really good help along the way. No one who is great did it themselves. Don’t forget that! Michael Jordon was a great basketball player, but he certainly was blessed with a 6’ 6” height. How great would he have been if he were 5’ 8”? Bill Gates was fortunate that his mom was an IBM executive. She got him to powerful people. If your company is doing well, you have employees that are pulling their weight and making you money. There is no “I” in team.

 

6. Have Plenty of Quality Downtime: You aren’t (or at least shouldn’t be) defined by your work. Also, quality down time will make you a better owner or worker. Hobbies, family time, vacation time, leisure time, personal growth activities are what make a quality life. Make these items a priority and let your work be subservient to them. Stop and smell the roses. Take your time and slow down. I know as Americans and business people we can rush, rush, rush and miss out on something called life. Please keep your priorities in order. You can do it and still make lots of money. Which leads me to the next law…

 

7. Don’t Worry: First of all, at least 85% of all worries never come to fruition. If worry could help the situation, it would be beneficial, but it doesn’t help. Careful planning and preparation far outweigh worrying. If you must worry, tell yourself to worry between noon and 12:30 p.m. each day. When that time comes around, if you decide not to worry, that’s just fine.

 

8. Have a Big Dream: If you have one, great. If you don’t, find out what yours is. Until you know, you will spend a lot of time needlessly floundering around. The bigger your dream, the more likely you are to overcome obstacles, even big obstacles. If your dream is small, practically anything will stop you. This is practical stuff that will affect your bottom line. If you have a dream of putting your kids through college, you are more likely to have great up-sells. It is no guarantee but big dreams can push you to have a much better business.

 

9. Be a Good Listener: The best way to learn, be engaging and make friends is to be a good listener. The best way to be a loser, be boring and be lonely is to talk all the time. The best way to make sales is to be a good listener. The best way to lose sales is to never shut up.

 

10. Have Fun: Hang around some three-year-olds (they are everywhere) for a while. You might learn how to laugh constantly and live in the moment again.

 

I hope you enjoyed these 10 laws that can lead to an exceptional life and business. How did you measure up?