Do your internal homework and be your best self
I recently sat down the BJ McKay, a local entrepreneur in my community, and discussed what it meant to be a business owner. As a husband, father of four, senior manager consultant at Advisa, Boys and Girls Club board member, and a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, it’s easy to see that McKay is a busy guy. Nonetheless, he still found time to start a business. As a crossfit practitioner, he found a gap in his community, and decided to fill it by starting his own crossfit gym, or “box.” In my interview with BJ, a couple of quotes and concepts really stood out to me. I would like to share them with you!
Do your internal homework
McKay insists that before you can realistically start a successful business, you must evaluate yourself. Understand your values and use your results tactically.
“Of my three values, one of them is inherent. The other two are constant disciplines. I’m too blunt, I’m too candid, I get frustrated quickly, and I’m selfish. I wake up and I know what I want. I happen to the world everyday.”
Find out what your values are. Evaluate yourself and use it to your advantage. According to McKay, this is the most important thing any entrepreneur, or person for that matter, can do for themselves.
Be prepared to fail
Failure is part of the process. Without it, you won’t learn how to succeed.
“You know how many times Steve Jobs failed? You just never heard of it! Jeff Bezos, look at all the failed, pathetic (even now) things that he does. They miss so much, but are just so cavalier about it because they did the internal work.”
Entrepreneurs are made
McKay has seen successful entrepreneurs from every personality spectrum, and knows CEOs with some of the lowest IQ scores he’s ever seen.
“The only difference between successful people and those who say they could “never do something” is the internal journey. The most successful people are not their company. They are definitely made.”