Business ownership is a journey filled with trials and tribulations which either make you or break you.
Unlike the heroes in movies, the challenges you face as a business owner are not always so obvious – nor as glamourous – as a face-to-face showdown with your arch nemesis.
Your challenges are created over time by the decisions you made or didn’t make, and the actions you took, or didn’t take.
Little by little, what began as minor frustrations, compound over time to become seemingly insurmountable challenges.
In life, as in the movies, the hero (you) must overcome these challenges if you are to be victorious. However, in our culture which glorifies the ideal of the ‘self-made person’, most people miss how the hero never succeeds entirely on their own.
Along the way these heroes had mentors to guide them, support them and even challenge them. The mentor is critical to the hero’s success because the mentor knows what lies ahead. The mentor has already walked the path the hero is about to undertake. The mentor knows that for the hero to succeed, they must unlearn much of what they think they know and be willing to uncover and develop new skills and perspectives.
Here are some examples of challenges we have heard from clients as business coaches over the years.
These quotes are from clients describing the challenges they faced as business owners when they first joined Kaibizzen.
“I was disillusioned with the business.”
“I couldn’t escape it. I could never leave work at work.”
“I was trying lots of different things but getting nowhere.”
“Dealing with staff was tiring and stressful. Managing them took up too much of my time.”
“Why don’t my staff work as hard as I do? Why am I doing this when I have a team to do this?”
Maybe you recognise yourself in some of these battles.
In every hero’s journey, the hero must quickly find something within themselves which allows them to overcome the obstacle.
Typically, it is through contact with their mentor that they can shift their perspective enough to see what’s possible.
The function of the mentor is to prepare the hero to face the unknown and to accept the adventure.
We have provided one to one business coaching and mentorship for over 17 years. Helping our clients see the potential within themselves and their business is at the heart of what we do.
When choosing your mentor, it pays to be sceptical. There are false mentors out there who’ll send you in the wrong direction.
Business coaches who’ve never owned a business outside of their coaching business. Leadership coaches who’ve never actually led a team of people.
At Kaibizzen we are proud to coach from our own experiences. Yes, we both have qualifications, but more importantly, we’ve also been through the ‘school of hard knocks’. I don’t think there’s one challenge of business ownership that we haven’t had to work through ourselves.
It is important to recognise a business coach can’t advise you on the path ahead if they’ve never walked it themselves.
Having a life and business coach that can mentor you will ensure you’re well equipped for your epic battles and become the hero for yourself and your family.
If you’d like to know more about how we could work together, reach out. We’d love to help you achieve a greater sense of business clarity.
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