Simon Kallu: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
“We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.” These famous words by American billionaire businessman Herb Keheller resonate with Simon Kallu.
The entrepreneur and business coach know that to grow a business successfully, you have to “work on actions that move you closer to results that contribute to your overall business goals.” Having an idea is a good start to build a business, but what matters is acting on it and making your vision come true.
Find Your Purpose
“Never start a business to make money. Start a business to make a difference,” says American entrepreneur Marie Forleo. Simon Kallu wholeheartedly agrees that money is not a good enough reason to start a business, stating that “it won’t last, you won’t last, and people will see right through you.”
The entrepreneurial journey begins with finding your calling, an idea that motivates you and will drive you to succeed. For Simon, this was the day he overheard his wife on the phone, struggling to get a simple answer out of her accountant.
At that moment, he realized his passion was helping people in their situation by providing them with clear, accessible, and reliable accounting services and empowering them to master their finances so they can fulfill their business potential. From this eureka moment, GrowFactor was born.
Build a Clear Strategy
Planning is also an essential step on the road to success. And Simon has a simple process to help entrepreneurs do it effectively. He calls it the rule of three. First, select three key projects you should work on in the next ninety days to build your profit, outline the three main steps it will take to achieve each of these goals, and make those steps your priority. Then schedule in time each week to work on them and keep track of your progress.
“This keeps you focused on the real objective,” the business coach says. “The key here is having a system to prioritize certain results every 90 days and working in sprints.”
Take the Leap
Once you have sketched a plan that will work for you, your team, and your business, it’s time to go. However, Simon recognizes that it can be tempting to remain in the planning stage for longer than necessary, avoiding taking risks and staying in a place of safety.
However, if you remain in your comfort zone, your bright ideas will never see the light of day. To move into the growth zone, where you live out your dreams, set new goals, and conquer your objectives, you have to move into the fear zone, stop making excuses, deal with challenges as they come up, and start learning new skills.
“You can only grow if you are willing to feel uncomfortable when you try something new,” says the entrepreneur. “Until you leap, you will never know what incredible opportunities await you…”
Embrace Your Mistakes
Part of leaping is embracing the fact that you will sometimes make mistakes. Of course, it takes a lot of bravery to do that, but there is always a lesson to be learned from the errors we make.
It took Simon years to realize he was unfulfilled pursuing a corporate career and a lifetime of climbing the ladder. But, crucially, he learned from his mistake and built a life that fit into his definition of success.
“Focus on being productive instead of busy,” advises American entrepreneur Tim Ferris. This refers to another accessible business faux pas: crowding your calendar, always having a to-do list as long as your arm, and losing track of what matters.
“For entrepreneurs, there is always an endless list of things to do, but making sure your time is spent on things that are urgent AND important is critical,” reminds Simon. “Always make sure you are clear what your priorities are, have them at the front of your mind, and focus all your actions on making them your reality.”
Simon Kallu has plenty more advice to give budding entrepreneurs in his 10-day online course destined to help you master your finances and fulfill your business potential.