A controversial topic to say the least.
Personally, I think messing with the established processes of nature is a very dumb move. After all, we’ve hardly got an impressive record of beating nature at her own game, have we?
Just look at how we deal with disease. Stick a load of chemicals into the body to solve one problem, while simultaneously creating a multitude of others.
There is an exception to my distaste of cloning though, at least from a hypothetical perspective.
The need to clone myself.
A legitimate need every entrepreneur of worth can relate to.
A normal week can consist of various business meetings, all relating to different opportunities.
Bringing the potential for both a blessing and a curse.
Unquestionably, the smart entrepreneur builds diverse business interests and draws personal wealth from as broader pool as possible. There’s the blessing.
On the other hand, as you ascend in your entrepreneurial career, the ability to say no to opportunities becomes as important, if not more so, than the ability to see and say yes to them.
I know a lot of people who’ve invested enormous amounts of time (which is money) on pursuing ideas they never had the courage to say no to. We’re opportunists, hard-wired to not want to miss out. The “shiny object” syndrome is a subtle yet very common saboteur of entrepreneurial success.
There’s your curse.
So, in a week where I could really do with sitting on my backside in front of the iMac for a few days, I’m out and about meeting people I like to, or can potentially do business with.
Not that I’m complaining. After all, I could have said no and I’m not shy of saying it either. And I’d rather be in the position to say no because I have a choice of opportunities in front of me than having my options severely restricted.
Here’s the point.
Aside from the rather obvious benefits of building diversity into your business interests, extraordinary entrepreneurial success isn’t achieved alone. You need good people around you. You need to leverage the minds, creativity and thinking of others.
Some of my best thinking is done by others.
And just in case the penny hasn’t dropped in your neck of the woods yet, the biggest risk to your business and the quality of life it brings to you, is it being confined to the quality of your thinking alone.
Like it or not, IF you are serious about enjoying the kind of success that alludes the majority, you need to be very deliberate about your Inner Circle.
And when I say deliberate, I mean applying some intelligence to the quality of people you surround yourself with.
Only the fool stands alone.
You have to put yourself in the way of success. It doesn’t come looking for you.
Christian Simpson is the UK’s leading coach and mentor to business owners and entrepreneurs. For COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS to tried, tested and proven entrepreneurial success strategies, click here