Being self-employed can be exciting and fulfilling. It also can have ups and downs, especially when starting. That is why changing your thinking to an extended game plan can help alleviate some of the stress and uncomfortable moments. It also allows us to be more realistic about our projects and aspirations and prevent panic and throwing in the towel too soon. Dorie Clark is the bestselling author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out, named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by Inc. magazine.
Dorie is also a coach, consultant, keynote speaker, and executive education teacher. Her latest book, The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World, is about long-term strategic thinking to create interesting, meaningful work and lives. This book is so appropriate now because the world needs to think long-term. Dorie shares her framework to help people strategically plan and persist. Frequently we underestimate how long something will take and risk giving up too soon.
Business can be a test of patience, but there comes a time when things start to click. It can be incredibly powerful when we get to this place of momentum. We talk about growth and the deception phase, where it feels like things aren’t progressing, but they are. An example would be how a ten-year overnight success happens. We discuss what having a long game strategy, and high-level view entails. We discuss white space, focus where it counts, optimizing for interesting, extreme goals, and more. Dorie shares so many interesting insights on work and life.
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Dorie Clark thank you so much for being here!
Remember, you might be in business FOR yourself but you are not in business BY yourself.
Be your best self. Be proud and keep changing the world.
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Host Jeffrey Shaw is a Small Business Consultant, Brand Management Consultant, Business Coach for Entrepreneurs, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker and author of LINGO and The Self Employed Life (May 2021). Supporting self-employed business owners with business and personal development strategies they need to create sustainable success.