Ep #124: The Way is the Win
Entrepreneurs are usually full of hustle. They’re scrappy and all about winning. And that works for a while, but it often leads to burn out and overwhelm. Despite all the winning, they may find that they don’t even love what they do anymore. Truth-be-told, scrappy and hustle isn’t a long term business strategy. Today we’re talking about the importance of “the way” – not just “the win.” So what does the way look like for you?
What you’ll find in this episode:
- Entrepreneurs are often so focused on winning, winning, winning.
- What the scrappy, hustle mentality looks like.
- How many entrepreneurs lose the love for what they do.
- What winning looks like for Kris and her team.
- Determine what it is that you just “have to do” in your business – then find another way. Be a maverick!
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Hey, I’m Kris Plachy, host of the Lead Your Team podcast. Running a million dollar business is not easy. And whether you’re just getting started with building your team, or you’ve been at this for a while, I’m going to bring you honest, specific, and clear practices you can use right now, today, to improve how well you lead your team. Let’s go ahead and get started.
Hello, hello, and welcome to the podcast. I’m so glad you’re here. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. I have an interesting thing I want to talk to you about today as it relates to how you drive results in your business, and really where you go to access your focus and your energy that creates results. Because how you do that for as much as I know, this does make all of us a little frustrated because we wish how we are, what we think about, we wish all of that wasn’t so impactful to the team. Right.
I know that as the leader of a business, it can feel like a lot of responsibility sometimes if we’re just gosh, everything I say, everything I do, people are watching everything that you do, and you are such a tuning fork, you are such an instrument of influence on everybody and your business. And so there could be days and times I do appreciate where you’re like, God, you guys just go do your work. Why do… But it’s not going to get you what you need. And I want you to really, in this podcast, I want you to hear what I’m saying about how you choose to be successful because it ultimately ends up driving your business model, the positions you hire, and the way that your company works, which ultimately becomes your culture. Right.
So I’ve had the benefit of working with women who run every kind of business from engineering firms, firms that make lasers, floral shops, online businesses, influencers, attorneys, house repair, house construction, interior design, health services, doctors, vets, dentists. Okay, so you get the point. And what I have found is we start, most of us as founders, we start scrappy. All of us do. So whether you just got out of college and you’re now a dentist and you start a practice, or you got out of high school and you started a painting company, whatever it is, or you’re 50, and you decide to start selling macro made plant holders, right, whatever it is. We start scrappy because that’s all we’ve got. What is scrappy? In my mind, I see scraps, pieces of paper. Right. It’s like you’re just trying to make it work. You’re scrappy. And that’s part of the process. There is a phase of that.
What happens though, when we work at scrappy is we develop sort of a tenacity for hustle, which also then means that we say yes, more than we say no, because we want to be successful, and we’ll do anything we can to be successful. And I think every one of us listening to this who’s built a business would say so. But there gets to be a point where that thought process, that belief systems, scrappy hustle, do anything you can to be successful, doesn’t work anymore. It will wear you out. It will wear out people who work for you. It isn’t a business strategy, scrappy and hustle. And what I want to talk to you about in this podcast today is the fact that it isn’t the way to win.
Now we hear this expression so much in at least here in the US right, got to find a way to win. We got to figure out the way to win. We got to figure out how we’re going to win. And so all the attention is on the win. Okay. Whatever the win is, more money, more clients, more products sold, more market share, whatever it is, stock share price. We got to figure it out. We got to figure out the way to win. We got to figure it out. We got to figure it out. And so we focus, focus, focus on the win and this is evident everywhere. But where I find it very evident is in this online business space, because people are so competitive with each other. And the win could be how much revenue you’re generating, how many people were in your launch, how many people are in your program, right?
It’s just this contest. Even if you’re not actively in one, right? I know you know what I’m talking about. And people do this in all industries. Realtors do it. Interior designers do it. Everybody’s kind of subtly competing with each other’s win result. And when we do that, when we hyper-focus on a win, we keep that scrappy hustle mentality, which drives it doesn’t matter. We just got to win. And so then we don’t build a business model that feels like winning. Sure. You’re making the money. Sure. You have the clients. Sure. You have the market share. Sure. You have the great launch. Sure. You’re the top realtor. Sure. You’re the best lawyer in town. All of that’s true.
You won so far, but at what expense? You’re exhausted. You’re overwhelmed. You’re burdened. Your team feels the same way. People are burnt out. You don’t even really love what you do. You’re making decisions in your business that you don’t want to make anymore. You’re doing things in your business you don’t want to be doing anymore, but you got to win. When we focus on the win, we set ourselves up in many cases to end up with a business that we don’t love.
And so I was actually on a podcast, not long ago, I was interviewed and this came out of my mouth. And ever since it came out of my mouth, I’ve just been like, oh my gosh, that’s so important. And because I know for those of you, who’ve been listening and follow me on Instagram, we were doing the launch model. We’ve done three of them. I’ve never done launches before. And I didn’t like it. It was not how I wanted to win. And so I came to my team and I said, this is not how we’re going to win at this business, this is not how I want any of you to feel, me to feel. I don’t want this dynamic. This is not what we want. The win for me is in the way that this business grows. It’s not in the number and the outcome. I don’t want all eyes on the win so that we compromise the way.
And so the mantra now that we have is the way is the win. The way is the win. And the way for me is ease, consistency, reliability, testing, sampling, fun. It is not all eyes on one day and lose your fricking mind to make it work. Absolutely not. It is not on me doing lives and showing up and showing you what I drank for breakfast and what my dog… No, it’s not. Could I do that? Yeah. Is it okay if that’s what you want to do? For sure. It’s just not my jam. I think there’s people who love that. You should do that if you love that. If you don’t love that, stop doing it. That’s all I’m saying. But see, the reason that we don’t stop right, is we’re terrified we won’t win.
And then what? What happens then if your revenue goes down for a quarter or two, what happens? Maybe you have to let someone go. I don’t know. But what’s the long-term here? What are we playing at? If you’re playing to win in a way that you don’t enjoy, that is not winning. The whole reason you created a company, I am willing to bet one of those reasons was some freedom, some ability to do what you want, to not have to answer to anybody, to take time off when you need to, to spend more time with your family, whatever. I know you all have an answer, right? It’s fascinating how we say I’m going to start a business, so I don’t have to answer to anybody. And then all we do in our brain is answer to everybody. Oh, I better do the way they do it. I better follow that, right? Like that’s, what’s so intriguing. No.
So what I want you to do after you listen to this podcast, whether you’re driving, or walking, or whatever is, I want you to cultivate in your mind how the way is the win for you. If you could scrap the whole thing and define the way that you will win, what is it? Like one of the ways that we will win in my business is everybody will work 30 hours a week but be paid for 40. That’s a way. Notice it’s not my business generates $10 million a year. That’s the win. No, that’s not it.
Now, do we have business goals? Yeah, but I’m focused on the way not the win, not the win at all cost. What is the way? Define for me, you sit down, and you have your journal define for yourself, not me, what the way of your successful business looks like. What’s the schedule? What’s the pace? What’s the focus? What are you doing and no longer doing? And then it requires, all of this requires, right, a belief that all of that’s possible. That you can create the result that you want following the way that you want. And what I’ve said to my team is this is the way I want to win. And so we will keep fine tuning the way until we get where we want to go, rather than dropping the way to get to the result. And the irony of course is the more that we’ve leaned into this as a business, it’s not an irony, it’s a true. The more successful the business becomes because I’m happier. I’m more in love with my business. My team is happier. They have more freedom, more space.
They know, I hope anyway, that we are creating a way that works for us as an organization and not just a win that proves that we’re successful. But it’s rooted in believing that that’s possible. And I do have a suspicion that many of you listening to this will be kind of arguing with me that no, no, no. Kris, you don’t understand in order for me to be successful, I have to. And I insert here whatever that is. And here’s how I would argue back with you. Okay, so let’s say whatever that you have to is, let’s just take whatever it is. I have to, if you’re one of my influencer clients, you have to be online all the time. You have to be on live all the time. What if that wasn’t an option? What would you do?
There are always other answers. You have to find one that works for you. You have to be willing. There’s probably plenty of different ways to connect with people. Maybe you don’t like them, or maybe you haven’t considered them, or maybe nobody else is doing them. Listen, we’re entrepreneurs. We do stuff people haven’t done yet. That’s what we do. Don’t just repeat what everybody else is doing. Go Maverick this shit, get it figured out. You can because that’s who you are. The way is the win. The way is the win. The win is in the way. But what I would invite you to ditch is we have to figure out a way to win, because that has heavy energy to it. And it compromises, it invites us to compromise what we value and why we even did this in the first place. Right. Think about it.
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You don’t have to necessarily register you all, but if you’ve been thinking about it, it might be for sure, worth it to have that 20 or 30 minute call and find out. It’s a low pressure, not a high pressure sales call. I promise you that. We don’t do that here. We just want to give you the information so that you can make a decision so you can support yourself. Okay. All right. Thanks for tuning in. And remember, the way is the win. Talk to you next time.
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