Important sharing: The past couple of weeks and especially the past few days I’ve been getting very excited about the opportunities that are right at our door. For over 2 years I’ve been politely declining lots of other opportunities that are not aligned to our goals. But now we have a few pretty good ones that are right smack aligned with what we’re looking for. Not to mention there are a couple of others that are also inline with what our plans and have huge potential as well. Eg. The real estate app. To give you a quick background: 99.co in just couple of years have raised multi-million dollar investment. They actually modelled a few key features from the real estate app I’m talking about. And the app is several versions more advanced. Another player, propertyguru, raised over $100 million just a few months back.
So there is a huge potential here as well. I’ve not even discussed in detail with him considering our situation. Then there are another opportunity that can be interesting that’ll help us scale up very fast. And I’ve shared with everyone about my excitement about how these are taking us a step towards our bigger goal. Even Adam, when he got to know more about the GLOW and the other opportunities couldn’t sleep for the past couple of days because of excitement.
I’ve also shared before that fast growth doesn’t happen bit by bit, sequentially. It happens by leveraging on big opportunities and trends. We have a few of that opportunities in front of us right now. As the expression goes… the stars are aligning. But, we might miss these opportunities… because we’re not hungry or aggressive enough to take advantage of them. All the opportunities are dependent on us being good in what we do – marketing. So we need.. and we MUST get good ASAP.
I can tell you this: Within 5 years we will definitely reach 10 mill at least.
It took big players in the market 15 years to achieve somethin like that. We’ll do it in 1/3 of the time. We might even be able to do it in less time. If we have the skill sets. Technically, with the number of people in the team, we should be doing a lot more. Some of you were at the akltg meeting the other day. They shared that for 1 program (inlcuding bigger events), they have ONE person in charge. They work with others to help out, but basically 1 person is in charge. And 1 person can be in carge of multiple programs. For us, one program we have multiple people involved. And we’re still not performing at the level that we should be. It comes down to hunger, drive, ambition, etc. I’ve said before: These are words. It’s very easy for people to just say “yes I have those”.
The question is at what level?
I’ve shared before that when I was running Zest Academy I was marketing at least 3 regular programmes weekly, plus other ad hoc programs, plus my own consulting business, plus later on helping out in My Lovebites. And I can tell you that Adam Khoo when he was building AKLTG, put me to shame with his level of output.
So it comes down to what level we want to play at. Yesterday I could see that some of the team members were focused on the challenges, instead of the possibilities – instead of thinking of putting a plan together to make things happen and achieve the goals. Even if we’re not ready right now, or don’t have all the necessary skills, instead of seeing it as additional problems, the team should be excited and start to focus on how to put plan together to pull it off. I was disappointed that I didn’t see that. It’s the critical difference in mindset that will lead to different results.
I’ll be honest: I see some having the hunger and drive and ambition. I see some a little coasting. Those who are coasting, you need to ask yourself what level do you want to play the game. What do you want to achieve. Recently I’ve been chatting with quite a number of people, including some team members. And one of the points that came up a few times was:
What level of sacrifice is enough?
Here’s my answer: Wrong question! If you’re thinking of what you’re doing as a sacrifice, you’ll see it as painful. You’ll see it as something that you don’t want to do. Then no matter what, you’ll be limited and you’ve programmed yourself to mediocrity. The more “pain” you associate to your work, the less likely you will achieve anything significant. You might achieve some results, but will never be at any significant level. On the other hand, if you’ve learned how to see it as an investment to become really good in what you do and to grow your value and really make something out of yourself, then you’ve got a chance…
As I’ve written on a post before: It’s easy for people to immediately use family, friends, etc. as a convenient excuse to say they need quality time so can’t commit to work. I often say BS. There are still so many other time that we can use before we affect quality family time. People are still binging on Games Of Thrones, playing pokemon and other games, etc. So much other time that can be dedicated to hone your craft before taking time away from family time.
The question is: Are you doing it? Honing your skills. Some of you know people in the market like Tavia or Karen Foo, or others. You see how obsessed they are about learning and upgrading their skills and continuous learning. And I can tell you in a real tech startup environment, where you practically live and breathe in building the business, those who don’t commit just won’t survive.
Some of you have been following Gary V and Grant Cardone 10X lifestyle, etc. for a while now. You know they preach the same things we talk about. Commit and become obsessed in what we do. Are you living it? Or just watching and get hyped up?
Results only comes from doing. This, you already know.