The Five Rules You Need To Know To Keep Yourself From Getting Stuck

I’ve been doing a lot of research on Steve Jobs lately. Did you know that he used to practice his Macworld and product launch presentations around 200 times before the big event?

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Rule number one for never getting stuck in business: The more prepared you are the less chance you’ll get stuck.

200 rehearsals. There’s a reason why Jobs was so, so good, and it’s all the time and effort he put into practicing. The analogy in business is preparation.

Rule number two for never getting stuck in business: Do your contingency planning ahead of time.

The reason I was able to give Raul a solution was all the preparation I had done. I had actually discussed the possibility of being shut down with Tina, our controller.

Rule number three for never getting stuck in business: Having a great team around you really, really helps.

As much as I would like to take credit for the idea of going to minimum wage, it was Tina’s idea, not mine. Tina was excellent at her job, and I was lucky to work with her.

Rule number four for never getting stuck in business: Yes, you actually do need a business plan.

Part of the reason we were able to have contingencies is we had a business plan. Without a plan, you don’t know where you’re going. And, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re much more likely to get stuck.

Rule number five for never getting stuck in business: Slow down, if you do get stuck on a problem you haven’t prepared for.

Every once in a while, you will get a problem that you haven’t prepared any contingencies for. What do you do then?

I work with startup CEOs to help them grow their businesses . I built several businesses from $0 to >$100M. Learn more at www.brettjfox.com

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