1. Talk to your employees regularly. They don’t bite. Usually.
2. Ask your customers for feedback. They will bite if you ignore them.
3. Embrace change. It’s the only way you and your business will evolve.
5. Don’t be scared to fail. Take calculated risks.
6. Ask for help when you need it. It’s not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of intelligence.
7. If you make a mistake, don’t be scared to say I’m sorry. Then fix it.
8. Don’t be afraid of vacations and work/life balance.
There are way too many business owners (and employees for that matter) that are afraid to take vacations and to make the changes necessary to have a real work/life balance. I’ve been in that scenario more than once in my career and I honestly just don’t think it’s a healthy way to go through life.
All of us need time to unplug, take a deep breath or ten, spend time traveling or relaxing (or both) and getting away from the day-to-day grind. People, and especially business owners, make all kinds of excuses on why they can’t get away. The excuses are easier than actually getting out of their comfort zone to take a breather.
Let’s just look at it logically: If you are happy, feel like you have balance in your work and in your life, and enjoy what you do, do you think you will be a better friend, a better spouse, sleep better, be healthier and be a positive influence on other people around you?
You know the answer. Now take the calculated risk and start making better decisions to get you and your employees there sooner rather than later.