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A New Perspective in Business: Burn Your Bridges

November 29, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

Some of you may be familiar with motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

When Tony speaks, he often talks about burning your bridges. Basically, building a situation where you can’t turn around, and go back to where you were before, forcing you forward on a path to success. While Tony Robbins uses some very colorful language in his speeches when he talks about this concept, the concept is very powerful. Are you only moving forward, or are you constantly spending time and energy looking backwards and making sure that you have an escape path?

As I’ve worked with clients for about a decade and a half, I see one constant theme which determines some that are successful and some that aren’t. One of those themes is whether the person burned their bridges. Did they constantly work on having an exit plan? Did they keep all of their cards at their vest, or did they play the hand? Did they work for what they want? Those who believed, those who moved forward, and those who took the risks often were more successful than those that tried to only dip a toe in the water. It’s very hard to run a business, and it’s even harder to run a business when you’re not fully engaged. The “burn your bridge” theory really gives you the motivation and the foresight to know whether you’re spending your energy building what you really want, going where you really want to go, or if you’re spending your time and energy working backwards and trying to maintain and support a structure that’s no longer applicable to what you want.

Are you burning your bridges? Are you fully invested in your business? Are you moving forward? We’d love your thoughts and comments below.

This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances.  This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. photographer skyro.

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