How to Stop Working So Hard in Your Business (what we can learn from turkey vultures)

Are you working too hard in your business?  Today I’m going to share with you a lesson I learned from a bird on how to run a business more effectively and more easily.

I decided to go for a walk in the forest today.  Great timing because I’m getting rained on now *light sarcasm* but I’m actually glad I came because I saw something really cool that I want to share with you.

It was turkey vultures.

And if you haven’t seen a turkey vulture, it’s a bird and it’s wings are about four or five feet across – they’re quite large – and they were flying in circles.  And with every circle they’d fly higher and higher and higher and then they would just – boom – they would go whatever direction they wanted to go.

But the cool part about that is that they didn’t flap their wings at all the whole time.  For four or five minutes at a time they wouldn’t flap their wings.  Maybe little adjustments of their wing tip for direction, but they’re just flying without really any effort at all.

And I thought, “wow, they’ve really capitalized on leverage.  They’ve evolved to have these broad wings that are designed for maximum lift and they take advantage of these rising air currents to get where they want to go.”

So, they’re able to do what they want to do
with very little energy output

And that’s really the game for business, isn’t it?  To get more leverage, to have the business run more and more effectively, sustainably and profitably with less and less direct inputs.

As business owners, we can make it tough, right? 
We don’t delegate when we could or should,
we hang on to too much, we over commit.

So, what I’d like you to think about this week is try to make things easier for yourself.

Find more leverage in Your businesses, and that leverage can show up by making sure that you keep leverage top of mind:

  • How can you do something more effectively?
  • How do you get even better people?
  • How do you create better processes, better opportunities to do what you want to do in your business and make it easier for you, the owner, and easier for your team as well, right?

So that you can get the growth that you want to have, the profitability that you want to have, the sustainability, without having to put more and more and more effort into it.

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