Welcome to the long game!

Ever play Monopoly as a kid growing up with family or friends? Remember don’t pass go, don’t collect $200, go directly to jail, or maybe the goodie, the “Get out of Jail free card!!!” How many of you can even remember finishing a complete game of Monopoly? And that’s the point! 

The same people that never finished a complete game of Monopoly (about 90%) are the same ones you are competing against in the real game of Monopoly. So now you know. You are only competing against 10% of all businesses in your space. Unless your population area is growing, then to gain market share, someone has to lose it. I like calling this part of business #MESS – Most Extreme Sport, Sales! In sales, if someone is eating, then someone else is starving. 

Running a business is hard work, you have to wear many hats and your schedule is 24/7. You can fool yourself into thinking I’ll only work these days or hours, but if you’ve ever run a business, or started something from the ground up, you know that you never stop thinking about it. What moves to make, what markets to enter, what message to present, what promotions to run. This list goes on and on, but if you collect your ideas, then execute them in sprints, it helps to put a little bit of the power / control back in your hands.

Depending on your industry, service and product, every business sector runs differently. Allowing time to collect the thoughts of your team and network takes time, so make the most of it. Create an outline or matrix, map out your thoughts, add some images then share them, allow 2 to 3 days for everyone to respond and for you to add any new ideas that have come to you. Then execute your vision and have a 90% greater chance of success. 

I’m no scholar and I’m not saying this will work for everyone, but it has worked for me. If this can help just a single person achieve their dreams through technology, then I’m happy to share. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on the long game. I hope you found a few truths and if you have any questions, please email me at  [email protected] or text  800.910.1338.

“Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3