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Insights for Small Business Success

From the wealth of knowledge accumulated over three decades in business, often gleaned from those wiser than myself, I’d like to offer some advice and insights that can immediately enhance your business and life.

  1. Embrace a Well-Defined Plan – Imagine the difference in our lives if we all engaged in a touch of foresight. A structured plan empowers us to maintain focus even amidst turbulent times, steering us away from the capricious whims of fate during crucial moments in our lives.
  2. “If you can’t find the time to do something right, when are you going to find the time to do it over?” – This quote resonates with me, as I’ve learned this lesson the hard way on numerous occasions. Rushing through a task due to time constraints often leads to subpar results, necessitating a redo. It’s far better to allocate the necessary time and do it right the first time.
  3. Adopt the Maxim: Never Explain, Never Complain – A saying my father imparted to my siblings and me time and time again. He was a principled man, leading by example. Each word he chose held weight, as if it contained a precious nugget of wisdom for our journeys. He neither justified nor lamented.
  4. You can’t always get what you want.” – We reside in a consumer-driven society, where many of us have become ensnared by our smartphones and instant gratification. The desire for immediate acquisition of what others possess is prevalent. Let this be a reminder as you compile your bucket list – the individual who accumulates the most possessions doesn’t triumph. They lose! Redirect your focus from material possessions towards inner contentment, which blossoms when you align with your true purpose.
  5. Life’s Capricious Nature – It often transpires abruptly, and not always for the better. Promotions, marriages, births, new homes – they materialize after months of anticipation and preparation, bringing joy. Conversely, loss, termination, accidents, disability – these occurrences often strike without warning. The moral of this tale? Revel in today, for you never know when a seemingly ordinary day turns out to be the last one before your life pivots unexpectedly.

That concludes this installment. Perhaps next time, I’ll share a lighter side of things.

Carpe Diem, my friends!

Brian Moran

Brian Moran

Prior to rejoining the world of entrepreneurship, Brian was the Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal where he oversaw the sales development and marketing programs for the financial and small business categories among the many Journal brands. From 2002-2010, Brian was President of Veracle Media and Moran Media Group.

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