The inspiration for this blog came to me the other day. I was with my client Stewart Boland, Stewart is in his 70's and he is an ex surgeon. He was watching how I hold my scissors and how only my thumb moves when I cut. He taught me how surgeons hold scissors and how by placing my fingers in a different location on the blade I can get 360 degree movement.
This made me think about all the clients I have meet and all the things they have taught me, from business structure and growth to how one gets away with riding his Harley Davidson on the road with no helmet. I love a good piece of advice from people that can motivate me and I love to learn, learn anything I can - anything that can't be taught in school! I put some of the most memorable stories and advice I have been given below to share with you all.
Why George Vavs from Jag Plumbing has a successful business!
Growing up, my parents distilled a strong work ethic to my brothers and I. To strive to be your own boss , to never stop achieving what you want in life. Me and my brother have had our own business for 20 years now. It took us ten years to get our business to where it is at today.
Frances - "What is the best advice you have been given when it comes to business?"
George- "Treat people like you would like to be treated, even in business"
Frances -"What is the one piece of advice you could give me as a small business owner?"
George-"Never make decisions on emotion."
Frances-"Before I opened my barber shop many people told me that I will have no time for anything personal and I will be eating bread and butter every night for dinner! If you met me before I opened my barber shop, would you have said the same thing?"
George- "No, because you chose an ideal location for your business. “it’s not like you opened a coffee shop next to 20 other coffee shops”
Frances - "How do you manage to have a work/life balance? And how important is that to you?"
George - "I've learnt to switch off when I go home, this is very important to me as I don’t want work to effect my family life. Over the years i've learnt that if you don’t do this you could start to resent your business even though its successful - money doesn’t make you happy, but it makes life easier”
Frances- "What made you choose Cutri and Co. Barber Shop as the place for your weekly shave?"
George- "For me personally its about being convenient and easy, I drove past and saw it. There was parking right at the front and I came in. I remember saying to you - if you don’t make me get a shaving rash (as i've had from other shaves) I will come in once a week I didn’t break out, and i've been in once a week since"
Quotes and facts from my clients -