Sometimes business and life is messy.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the most organized or systematic thinker in the world; life still has a way of dropping bombs on you. It’s just not possible to avoid all surprises and unexpected challenges.
Granted, many of these “fires” that pop up in life and business are preventable. For example, if you have no systems or processes in place for your business then you will naturally have more chaos than necessary. That’s stuff you can prevent.
But I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about the fact that there will be seasons in your life, especially if you’re an entrepreneur, where everything will just be crazy.
This happens a lot when you focus on growth. Growth is messy. This is true whether you’re growing a business or a church. The bigger things get the more opportunities for messes exist.
“Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.” – Proverbs 14:4
And some people just can’t handle messiness. They’d rather remain small and neat rather then deal with the rising level of uncertainty that comes with growth.
So the choice is yours:
If you’re in a stage of growth you can either:
a) Try harder to clean things up. Ignore important deals so you can reach Inbox Zero. Don’t take on more clients because you don’t like the stress, and spend extra time “planning” because it makes you feel better.
b) You can surf the wave and learn to seize the moment. Operate without a plan for just a season. Or at least a simple one like “Grow 10X in the next 12 months.”
Think about it. If you grew your revenue by 10X in the next 12 months don’t you think you could hire people to clean up some of the messes you just created? I think so.
P.S. I’m not condoning being sloppy or not keeping your promises to clients. That’s not the type of “messy” I’m referring to. I’m referring more to the feeling of overwhelm and overall craziness that accompanies seasons of intense growth. It’s ok if you have piles of paper on your desk as long as you keep your commitments to your clients and partners in the meantime. Choose which messes you’ll let happen. But choose wisely.