Whether You Wanted to Be or Not, You Are

Quite often as solo entrepreneurs we fail to see ourselves as leaders. We may not have in our quiet home office anyone to lead. We rarely look at our associations as part of a team we lead in any real sense of the word. We think, therefore, we are not leaders.

Robin Sharma in his book The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life

said: “We all need to lead where we are planted and shine where we now find ourselves.”

Which means where you are now, you are a leader, which if you really think about it you are. You have down-lines who need you, and your up-lines too. The people you associate with expect leadership from you. So reneging and saying well there’s only me…isn’t even close to the truth.

So as a leader what is it you should be doing?

Well John Addison an author and speaker says: “ …people spend all their time focused on things they can’t control. In truth there are only two things you can control: your attitude and your work ethic.”

With that he offers two tips.

“As any leader begins the day, her first goal should be to take control of her attitude before the world does.” *

And then ask yourself: “What is the main thing? What is the most important thing I’ve got to get done today.?”*

*(Source: The Myth about Leadership Distractions by Amy Anderson, August 2015 edition Success Magazine)

These two question make perfect start of the day check in for any leader even if you have no official title.

If you start your day with a lousy attitude it’s hard slogging to stay focused on the “one thing” you need to do today. Consequently if you don’t focus on that one thing your business will reflect that.

Of course none of this comes easy if you haven’t first and foremost set your vision of what you want, what you love. It’s worth working to nail the vision down and flesh it out with vivid pictures, bright colors, intense emotions, and make it so real you feel like you are walking now through your dream.

To lead first means you hold a vision you are passionate about. Then you understand what your one thing is you need to do today.

As part of a Plus 1 mentality why not take a moment today to rewrite your vision adding more color and depth. You might even what to make it a weekly habit. To paraphrase Thoreau, “Clarify , clarify, clarify. “


Then use those two questions each morning to set your attitude and then your direction.


As Robin Sharma says about leadership in his book:   “It’s about knowing who you are, what you stand for, and then having the courage to be yourself—in every situation rather than only when it’s convenient. It’s about being real, consistent, and congruent so who you are on the inside is reflected by the way you perform on the outside.”

A challenge to live up to…to be sure, but you are a leader after all.


Nick Grimshawe

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  • Nick I love your blogs and I would love to join you in your next building workshop – if it is after the season is over. I have that list I created and trying to get to it each day as close to impossible when surfing is taking up most of my days and time. I know that is my fault. I set limits but never stick to them faithfully each day. I guess that is the competitive nature of the teams. I just like to make a wee suggest here and it is just that. On second thought I will Skype that one to you. I love the word “Clarify” because each day that is imperative in everything we do no matter what it is and again I loved your “Learn With Nick” program.

    Now that is what I call Clarify – your great program and your great blog here too! Kudos!

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  • Nick, you quoted several other people’s opinions but never gave your own?
    I had a leader at one point in my online experiences who was pretty good about “clarification” of what it is that you want to focus on. One of the homework assignments was to put together a collage of all the things a person would like to attain or work towards. Then the collage could be put in a very specific location where you work, so that you could see it all the time. Every time you got a little frustrated or down, you could look at what it is that you are working toward and be rejuvenated. It does work, I’ve done it! Another good way to get clarity is to read motivational and inspirational stories or excerpts from the “Greats” in entrepeneurship, like Jim Rohn or Tony Robbinson. Too many of us let our failures stop us from pushing ourselves forward. I know I am a leader and I set the example for my members to follow by showing up and outdoing them everyday. My motivation is also determination and self-discipline. You have to have a little of both of those 2 ingredients, as well.


  • Hi Janice thanks for your comments. I share the opinions of those I quotes and agree with what you mentioned as well. I like the idea of the collage it sounds similar to a vision board but the point is to have something like it around to keep you on track and to lift you up and inspire you if you start to lag.


  • Hi Mona. Thanks for the great comments. Hopefully you will catch my Badge Hunt Badge and get a chance to comment of what your challenges are on dream building and goal setting or targeting.


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