Having started a wealth management company for doctors, MedCapital, in the last year and seeing it grow incredibly fast, and having run MedRecruit now for ten years through ups and downs, and through running Board of Directors for three years (which exposes me to tens of businesses and their owners), I’ve come to realise that there is one thing that you absolutely must have to have a consistently growing business.
What do I mean by that?
In a commercial market, there is a frenzy to grab customers. Growing by grabbing more market share is one of the hardest ways to grow a business, according to a paper published by McKinsey.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
When it happens effectively it is because the business has created a point of leverage whereby they can get a larger return on their investment than their competitors to deliver a major competitive advantage.
Leverage can come in the form of your product, your path to market, your service, your processes, essentially anything in your business that can give you an advantage.
If you can’t articulate what your point of leverage is then I suggest you devote some Think Time to developing it, because I’ve never seen a business flourish without one.
Recently I had an interaction with someone in a business I own.
Recently we were making a major decision in MedRecruit for a very important leadership role in the recruitment team.
If you go to almost any personal development or business seminar, the presenters will share stories of failure leading to triumph.
It’s not a shop, it’s not online, it’s not Amazon or eBay or Trademe.
Survival isn’t necessary.
Is it meeting specification?
“You don’t choose the life of being an entrepreneur, it chooses you,” is something I found myself saying to a young entrepreneur the other day.
Dissatisfaction is a common state for entrepreneurs.
Fear of failure is a common reason many people don’t start things.
Failure is inevitable.