First lesson I learned, as I was broke and struggling is why? I had all the ideas and things to change the world. I quickly came face to face with a simple reality; you can’t help others unless you help yourself first. I realized that I was too much of a tactical thinker “How to” rather than a strategic “why”. I like to use this example of a person who knows how to put the computer together and makes $15 dollars an hour, the person who knows the why of it all, how it all works together and always finding ways to improve it ala Woz (Apple Co-founder) and ends up very successful and truly change the way we use things.
Strategic thinking is the gateway to innovation and how you change is how you succeed. 99% of all entrepreneurs are what we call horizontal thinkers; they come up with a bunch of ideas for their business, but only scratch the surface with big picture details with little or no teeth to it.
Every morning for the past 7 years I wake up and after I mind feed, I eat breakfast. The same reason behind why you have to feed yourself to survive is why you need to feed your brain. After that, I do 30-45 minutes of strategic thinking without any interruptions and that includes turning off my cell phone which is both my biggest asset and biggest distraction. I take one topic in my business, it could be increasing web conversation, how to increase sales, launching of a new product and I spend all of that time writing down as many ideas of improvement I can regarding that one topic. Sometimes they can be the most ridiculous ideas but I don’t stop until I strike gold with an A-HA moment. In the end you will find it is these A-Ha moments every single day, 7 days a week, 30 times a month that will lead to disruptive innovative success. I virtually guarantee you won’t recognize your company.
The more strategic you are, the more you focus at what you are good at and delegate the rest, the more successful you will become. So stop asking yourself the HOW of things but focus on the WHY. These small innovative changes in your business will put your company so far ahead of your competition that you will find yourself creating the market. This applies not only to entrepreneurs but your employees, executives and corporations.
So here is my advice to you: stop scratching the surface and start immersing yourself into the wonderful world of problem solving and solution finding. Not only will you see the bottom line of your spreadsheets grow, but your bank accounts or and paychecks will grow proportionally. Want to earn more don’t think differently “THINK VERTICALLY”JT Foxx is a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor and one the top speakers and wealth and business coaches in the world. He is also a radio personality for the past 7 years in 3 countries and originally from Canada started 8 years ago with 974 dollars to his name and a very old Ford Ranger Pick up truck. His area of expertise is marketing, branding, sales, and strategic thinking and investing. He is also the founder of the world-renowned event Mega Partnering. www.JTFoxx.com