Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Would Paneling

I was on a panel at MSPU with a very knowledgeable group of people across the MSP space. A question was asked about what I should do first, getting started in managed services. My reply was short. Be honest and clear with yourself.

Honest about what you can do. Clear about what you want. You cannot tell yourself a lie, believe the lie and start building your business on that. First step to being honest? Get away. A walk in a quiet place, park or woods are good. If you are looking at technology your thoughts will drift. Leave the phone in the car.

We all think we can do more than we actually can. We all think there are more hours in the day. We all think we can control the uncontrollable. Now we can be honest. How many hours can you work a day? Let’s figure this out backwards.

 24 hours in the day.                       24
You might like to sleep.                  -8
Wife/kids?                                       -4
Shower/other                                   -2
Eating                                               -1
                                                       =  9
So we have 9 hours to play with. If you need more, you can get it, but where? From your kids? Give up sleep? Be honest.

If you know where you are going and how you want to get there and don’t lie to yourself…You are going to do fine.

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