The Truth about Planning: WarriorTalk Podcast with Dave Jenks

The scariest thing for an entrepreneur to face.

The scariest thing for an entrepreneur to face.

For entrepreneurs, the new year is a blank page.  They know that what they write on that blank sheet – their goals and plans – will determine what happens. So the task is both exciting and daunting.

In this Warrior Talk, Dave shares the truths he has learned about fully engaging in this magical process.  First, he will explain why it is so hard to do.  Then, he will reveal why it works and how to get it done.

Of the five entrepreneurial skills that Dave identifies in his audio book, this is the first and most important.  He calls it “missioning” and it involves visioning, goal setting and planning. Those who master it build great ventures.  Those that don’t, won’t.

Invest the 15 minutes it will take to listen to this important message.  Pass it on to those who are in your venture and to those who desire to be high-achievers.

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WarriorTalk: Dave’s Race Across the Sky – Lessons in Enterprise from the Leadville 100

On August 11th, Dave competed in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race.  It is called the “Race Across the Sky” because it is held in the Rocky Mountains.  It starts at 10,152 feet and it goes up 12,505.

In this Warrior Talk podcast, Dave tells what it was like to ride in this amazing event, how he did and what he learned. It’s a compelling story of challenge, determination and self-understanding.

The Leadville 100 is also a wonderful lesson in entrepreneurial success. From its founding by Ken Glouber in the 1980s to its reinvention by Bahram Akradi in 2010, the event is a role model for business success.

In this 20 minute podcast, Dave shares with us the entrepreneurial lessons he learned and the ideas we can use.

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Free Warrior Tour of America

Dave’s Free Warrior tour of the west included the states of Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and South Dakota.

Before heading east, Laurie joined him in Montana where they toured Glacier National Park in northern Montana. This magnificent park borders Canada and in 1932 joined with Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park to become the world’s first International Peace Park.

Dave’s photo captures the beauty of Glacier National Park as the fall display of color is framed by the beauty of an early snow in the mountains.

Accountability – why do we let it stop?

School started this month and my 11th grade daughter had some scheduling issues.  We had been unable to contact her guidance counselor and the issue needed to be addressed.  I told her the only way that it was going to get changed was to go in there and ask the counselor to meet with her right then, or to make an appointment for the next day.  We agreed that she needed to make sure the issue was handled by that Thursday. 

My daughter called me from school on Wednesday and told me that it was taken care of and she was happy with her schedule.  Wow, discussing an action plan and a deadline really worked!  She even followed up, I was so proud of her. 

But what happens to this scenario when we grow up and become adults?  As a child we are accountable to our parents and teachers.  Sometimes they put our feet to the fire and tell us we can do better.  Sometimes they check up on us to see if we’ve done our homework.  They always want to see our report card.  The watch us, and they have high expectations for us. That caring and attention (and the inspection) propel us forward.

What happens to that accountability when we are adults and on our own?  Sometimes, if we work for someone else, our boss or supervisor holds us accountable?  But, if we are self-employed or we own our own business, how do we keep ourselves accountable?  Who is watching us and asks if we’ve done what we said we would do?  Who encourages us and then checks on our progress?

The most successful entrepreneurs and business owners build accountability into their lives.  They give another person, perhaps a coach or consultant or even a board of directors the permission to hold them accountable.  They schedule regular meetings with an agenda and a way to report what they have done and how it turned out.  It keeps them focused and on track.

One of the easiest ways is to find an accountability partner – someone you can trust to tell you what you need to hear (not just what you want to hear).  This person should be like-minded and success oriented, like you.  You share with them your clear business goals, action plans and deadlines.  Then you keep track of what happens and report it to them on a regular basis.

In a sense, you allow them to treat you like your parents did when you were young.  This adds structure and rhythm to what you do.  It keeps you focused and alert.  It doesn’t let things get off-track. It prevents you from developing the wrong habits.

Just like when you were in school, this accountability spurs creative thinking and gives you energy.  I call this “accountability partner momentum”.  And, the neat thing is, you can make the process mutual and hold each other accountable.  Of course, if this doesn’t work, you can always go ask your mom!