I find that most entrepreneurs are doers, not thinkers. I know in my business career that I am often busy just trying to keep up. Finding time to stop and think about what I am doing, and what the future is going to present me in the way of challenges, is just about impossible.
Yet, I know that if I want my business to continue to prosper and grow, solving the problems that hold me back and thinking carefully through the opportunities that present themselves, is perhaps the most important work that I do.
Find the Time to Grow Your Business
Finding the time and creating the discipline to regularly think about the business, and to do it in a disciplined way, is my number one struggle. I must confess, my failure to do that has led over and over again to mistakes. While not fatal, these mistakes have been embarrassing and expensive. So, this is an area that I’m trying to get better at.
I was delighted recently to be given a copy of a book, which I’m finding to be enormously helpful in thinking through business issues. The title of the book is The Road Less Stupid, by serial and successful entrepreneur, Keith Cunningham. I’ve told many of my entrepreneur friends that I believe Keith’s book is going to become something like a devotional for me, and I highly recommend it to you. After all, I’ve been on the road to stupid a whole bunch of times, and the idea of being on the road less stupid is highly appealing to me. I think you’ll find reading his book easy, thought-provoking and incredibly useful.
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Always keen on helping others make their dreams come true, Tony and his team have helped independent agents grow into more than 250 independent agencies. This has made OAA the number one ranked Strategic Master Agency of SIAA for the last 5 years, and one of Oklahoma's 25 Best Companies to Work for.
Tony loves to share his knowledge, insight and wisdom through his bestselling books as well as in free mediums including podcasts and blogs.
Tony and his family are members of Crossings Community Church, and he is very active in community initiatives: he’s chairman of It’s My Community Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit working with disadvantaged people in Oklahoma City; and chairman of the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs., and he has served through many other organizations including the Salvation Army, Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Rotary Club.
In his spare time, Tony enjoys time with his family. He’s also an active outdoorsman and instrument-rated commercial pilot.