Achieving is a balancing act  

If you are struggling making progress on your goals, ask if you tend to focus on one — learning or doing — rather than both.  Do you drift easier towards one side of the scale verses the other? The the side you tip to is your procrastination zone.


The Learner:

Too much learning and not enough doing means you aren’t applying what you’re learning and you aren’t working on the tasks that will get you where you want to go. You instead are avoiding. Put down the book, cancel that seminar.  Now go make that phone call, design that prototype, write that press release, crunch those numbers. Put into practice what you’ve been learning. Try. If this is hard then you are dealing with our old friend fear. Fear that you will look silly or mess up or not do it perfect, or worst still… FAIL. Lower your expectations of perfection and try anyway. As you DO that self-talk of self-doubt will start to change to self-confidence. Trust yourself to use the skills you’ve been learning. Psych yourself up. You can DO it! Go forth and get something DONE.

The Doer:

Too much doing and not enough learning means you might be spinning your wheels and not getting where you really want to go. Allow yourself to see the big picture and formulate a road map. As you stop and reflect, you will realize there are questions you have and those questions are scary. How will you ever find the answers. Doing for the sake of doing is another way to avoid what you don’t know. No need to be embarrassed. There are no stupid questions. Start by writing down the questions that arise while you are still and quiet and NOT DOING. Just write them all down. No judgement. Now refer back to your road map. One of those questions will stir more stress than another. Focus on that one first. Now google that question. Read, research, LEARN. Make notes. Keep reading and seeking until you feel good about what you have learned. Until you realize your question is answered. This answered question will most likely create more questions and that is the idea. Keep on keeping on.

The Summation:

Learners don’t get going and Doers don’t know where they’re going.

The Fix:

Doers — allow yourself pauses and time to reflect.
Learners — allow yourself a chance to get something done.

Get out of the comfort zone you tend to hang out in and find that balance of learning and doing.  Results will not be far behind. 

Balance is allowing time and space to be both a learner and a doer. We need to have both to reach our destinations. We must learn the things we don’t know; and, yet, do the what needs to get done.

Only then can we call ourselves Achievers!

 

Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!

BOOK REVIEW

Greg Crabtree is a CPA. He knows what he is talking about. His book breaks down the money strategies a business should follow into easy to digest chunks. This is a process book, not a concept book. Crabtree gives us actionable steps to implement in our accounting, HR and sales departments.

This isn’t a book you read and then set aside. This is a book you study and implement and tweak and adjust and then read and study again and implement and tweak. Rinse and Repeat.

The way we manage our business on the financial side of things can be overwhelming, especially if your forte isn’t accounting. However,  if you aren’t managing for profit then you will find that profit eluding you.

This book changed the way I plan and budget for our business.   I especially appreciated the salary cap idea and avoiding salary creep.

A definite must have in your business how-to arsenal.

Read an excerpt

Workshop and warehouse space for lease

We have the following spaces available.

  • Suite K:   417 sq ft of conditioned workshop space
  • Suite U:  1150sq ft of conditioned warehouse/shop space
  • Suite V:  1558 sq ft of conditioned warehouse/shop space
  • Suite W2:  540 sq ft of warehouse/shop space
  • Suite W3 & W4:  850 sq ft of warehouse/shop space

 

What’s the next step?

Business is business.  This is nothing new.  It’s been done a thousand times before.   Just google “business advice” or any other business question you have and you WILL get lots of great articles with absolutely great advice on that question you needed answered.

So what’s the problem.  Why is starting a business so hard?

Because you don’t know what you don’t know.  You haven’t actually done it before.  You don’t know what questions to ask.

We do. We can help.

Small Business Week 2018

Hire Education

For small business week this year, on May 4th, the Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber will be holding a full-day workshop in our space called Hire Education, to help small businesses recruit, train, and retain great employees.

The event will discuss new markets for finding employees, ensuring workforce diversity, and keeping employees motivated and committed over time. The program will include keynote and breakout session presentations, a B2B Trade Show, an opportunity to connect with job seekers, and time for business building networking.

Event schedule:

7:30am Vendor Setup
8:15am-8:45am Registration and Mingle (coffee and pastries)
8:45am-9:30am Morning Keynote
9:45am-10:30am Morning Breakout Sessions I
10:45am-11:30am Morning Breakout Sessions II
11:45am-1:15pm Luncheon Keynote
1:30pm-2:15pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions III
2:30pm-3:15pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions IV
3:30pm-5:00pm Mingle in the Trade Show area/Grand Prize Drawing

Use this form to register with the NW Chamber.

If you’d like to be an event sponsor, complete this form.

Or if you’d like to apply for a B2B Trade Show Booth, use this form.

Update

Here is a link to the EventBrite event, where you can buy tickets online.

Coworking PRICE DROP!

We pride ourselves on being competitive in our pricing. Also, coworking is not our core business (though it’s an important part of our business), so we have more wiggle room than most would. After a review of our pricing structure, we’ve decided to drop our monthly membership price to $99. That’s right, all the comforts you’d expect, but for under a hundred bucks. This is not a special or an introductory price. This is the price, going forward. Even better? For a limited time, when you sign up for your first month, you get an additional week free. Five weeks for the price of four. That’s just a few bucks a day! Why WOULDN’T you give it a try?

Why Project 3810?

There are a lot of great spaces out there, no doubt. You might ask, why should we use Project 3810 instead of one of the dozen similar spaces in town? While not every space is the right fit for every business, areas we feel particularly strong in are scale and flexibility. We offer among the best growth options (outside owning your own building) for a startup. We don’t expect you to be with us forever (that’s actually a bad thing for your business), but if you start here, you’ll be able to grow here. And we make every effort to provide our clients with maximum flexibility. For example, we have NO lease term requirements for our private offices. While we will have you to sign a lease for legal reasons, we won’t lock you in to a time frame. Whether you need space for an hour (conference/event), a day (coworking), a month (private office), or longer, we’ll do what you need to make it work. Come check us out. Let’s see how we fit.

Get help from SCORE at Project 3810

Project 3810 now has a certified SCORE mentor on-site. ANY small business in Oklahoma City needing help can visit us if our mentor’s area of expertise fits your needs. For the purposes of integrity, if you’re a tenant or a prospective tenant, we’ll have to refer you to another mentor, but you can still have your mentor meetings right here at Project 3810, as SCORE has an open invite to use our space. No more dealing with the parking and security hassles of the downtown SCORE office!