“As much as you need a strong personality to build a business from scratch, you also must understand the art of delegation. I have to be good at helping people run the individual businesses, and I have to be willing to step back. The company must be set up so it can continue without me.” – Richard Branson
“If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.” ~Author Unknown
“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” ~James Baldwin
Now that the pace of the “lighting for events” world has come to its screeching halt for the summer (as it does so predictably every year), I find myself between ongoing lists of things I have been wanting to get done, focusing on a few new endeavours, and diving into a few good reads. Although I have not entirely figured out what part of the world I would like to physically explore this year, there continues to be a lot of written wisdom worth exploring as I get the time.
Upon a pretty strong recommendation, I decided to pick up a book called “The E-Myth” the other day. I must say that it has been more of an eye opening experience so far than anything I have ever read. To have the basic balance playing the part of a visionary with a dream, a manager of the process, and a passionate technician is what seems to hold most entrepreneurs back. Is it any wonder the statistics are well stacked against the small business owner! Google it and see!
I’ve seen a few business’s around me crumbling and failing for a variety of reasons over the past year, so its been a bit of a natural urge to me to search for answers. I know where I have made my mistakes. Its easy to get stuck in the “technician” mode. I’ve often spoke, quite humorously, about all the hats I wear. The trick is, you gotta know how and when to change them….and quickly if needed.
Here is a quick clip from the author, Michael Gerber…..
I am sure by now, you are scratching your head and wondering “what in the world is he talking about?…and whats with the images here? Is that a dried up box of dog lungs?”
Yeah, I know, a bit of a stretch. I use this blog for the majority of the time to post cool HDR creations, travel images, and pictures from the great locations I get the great opportunity to light. For those of you that stop by on a regular basis, I hope you enjoy the beauty I try to give back every day.
It’s with that mindset that I like to give back a bit of what I pick up along the way. I know a few business owners that tell me that they check in here from tome to time, and like all entrepreneurs, we can use all the help we can get!
Getting back to the images here though….I have NO idea what’s going on. While exploring a few alleys in Singapore, I stumbled upon this collection of goodies. Withstanding what appears to be a tube of sponges, I am sure that a few of these ingredients would make an awesome soup!
For me, part of the joy of what I do and the time off in the summer is really about the time to unplug. To let the mind wander….to see things in a new light…..to allow myself to revisit my life…..to dig a bit deeper to answer the questions that never seem to have the time to get to the surface any other time of the year.
Travel allows me to get to that place….
Having wandered through countless cities with my camera in what is usually a destination-less journey, these images sometimes seam to find their way onto the memory card. Little did I know that they would eventally find their way onto this….a pointless and what appears to be destination-less blog post at this point.
My gosh, are those dried up and flattened squid in the first image above? Emmmm, crunchy looking aren’t they? And the very top left…..bat carcasses?
I guess a personal blog might be a good place for this verbal diarrhea. Random blurbs of almost nothing……
Aaaaalllll righty now…..nuff said I guess….
Incidentally, I would love to know of a better way to get more of a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor for my wordpress posts. I used a plugin called pkeditor, or something like that, and got even more confused. This layout turned out completely different that the vision I had to say the least. Oh well, something else for the list I guess….
Seriously though…The E-Myth revisited. A great summer read. Learn, absorb, adapt, succeed, and pass on.
And, bon appetite!
Love it Mike, and I’m so glad you didn’t say what those things were. Good to see you are out and about, for a change! ( :