A few years back I had a mentor that was OBSESSED with the concept of creating more simplicity in his life. He was selling businesses, scaling teams back, selling second & third homes. Living with this minimalistic mindset as you might say.
My life at the time looked like this: I had just had my first baby. I had a real estate business that I was trying to grow and scale but was a bit of a motley crew glued together long enough to get me through the 3-month maternity leave. I was just diving back into selling, producing, leading AND I had this idea about a new business.
At this time I desperately wanted more. A more established business that didn’t need me as the main producer to survive. A team that I loved let alone liked. Clarity on how I could continue to grow while also managing a now newborn that needed me as much as my business did. I wanted more freedom, more of all the things that I thought the hard work of my business would bring. Money, happiness, vacations, nice things.
I thought this mentor of mine was a little uhmmm stupid at the time. I was like, “Dude- I got big dreams. I am not scaling back yet. You are preparing to die over there and I want MORE!”
What I didn’t realize until just recently is that more doesn’t have to be so hard.
Scaling my team 3x the size in a year didn’t mean more profit. It actually was less profit and more headaches. Positive, I learned hiring and culture like a boss REAL quick.
Working long nights after my baby went to sleep to wake up at 5am and do it again, so I could get there fast, didn’t get me anywhere faster. I was tired, sleep-deprived, stressed and full of anxiety.
Creating businesses FAST for profit and investing money vs your time to build the foundation, doesn’t work. New businesses are like infants, you are their lifeline in the beginning.
The list goes on…
My point is, sometimes we create so much work for ourselves. Work we think we need, the “more” in order to be successful. But what is success? What is the more we are searching for?
Success isn’t how many likes you have on a social media post.
Success isn’t a massive team while you struggle to pay the bills and put out all the fires.
Success isn’t more work just so you can say “I am so busy, I haven’t taken a vacation in two years”. Bravo, bravo, you made it!
For me, success is quality of life. It is doing work I love with people I love.
It is building wealth for my family, my future, my legacy. I don’t need a massive team, I need massive profit. And forget about likes- get those deposits!!
It is being able to be present with my husband and kids, enjoying what I have worked so hard for.
It is being happy & healthy. Removing the complicated headaches, simplifying business so I can live my life MORE.
Volume, numbers, rankings- who gives a shit. What goes into your bank account – that is what matters!
I invite you to really think about what more is for you. Is it another business that you can say you have to feed your ego? Is it a number or accolade that no one really gives a shit about but you OR is it your happiness and your net worth?
Find clarity on that and start removing the unnecessary time sucks, money sucks, energy sucks out of your life so you can build an empire and legacy that matters to YOU.