It’s just about another week before my third book, The Great Team Turnaround, is out! I’m hoping you’ll consider picking a copy up as it shares everything I know about building great teams ❤️
So I gave a talk the other day…
This past weekend I had the great pleasure to speak with an Executive MBA class at GA State on the topic of, what else, entrepreneurship. The class was made up of 35 adults already into their careers, with the hopes that this 2-year program would help them move up the ranks in their profession or give them the experience to move into something new, possibly even starting their own business.
While, to be sure, I love speaking to young people, a group like this is great because they ask real questions. Things like: How do I think about starting a business when I have a family to support? How do I manage team members from a values perspective? How do I find my Purpose?
Along those lines, I received a question during my talk that I often get when talking to “adults” once they hear the numerous things I’m involved in (founding companies and nonprofits, writing books, etc.), and the fact that I have five children at home that I love spending time with.
“So, seriously…how do you do all of that?”
The funny thing about my talks is, no matter how many companies I’ve started (or sold), or books I’ve written, or nonprofit boards I’m on, or anything else I’ve accomplished in business, the thing that gets the entire audience gasping is the fact that in the midst of all of that, I have five children at home.
Which usually leads another parent in the room to ask me how I get all of that stuff done.
And I get it, it does sound like a lot. But I wasn’t always good at achieving more than one thing. I feel like from age 14 to 21, all I focused on was tennis. And then from 21 to 31, I mostly focused on Spunlogic, my first company. And I essentially gave up tennis when my now 16-year old was born, because I didn’t have time in my life for more than two things: Spunlogic and Family.
Over time, however, and with a little luck, I’ve managed to become decent at focusing my time on things that are important. Here’s how I think about it:
If you’re a consistent reader of my stuff, then you might be tired of me talking about Purpose. I get it, but trust me, it’s THE most important thing to help you decide how you should be spending your time!
Ever since I found my Purpose (yes, I always capitalize ‘Purpose’), I’ve known how I should be focusing my time. If it’s not allowing me to have an outsized, positive impact on the world, then I really have to think twice about doing it.
The most important thing I ever suggest to you will be to find your Purpose. I promise it will be life changing (and life affirming), and will help you accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible.
Once you have your Purpose, the next thing you need to do is decide what you’re going to focus on. I use a simple Venn diagram for focusing my time: