26) What is the sign of a professional?
— Going from bullshit product to services to product to SaaS product. (Corollary: the reverse is amateur hour).
— Cutting costs every day.
— Selling every day, every minute.
— When you have a billion in revenues, staying focused. When you have zero revenues, staying unfocused and coming up with new ideas every day.
— Saying “no” to people who are obvious losers.
— Saying “yes” to any meeting at all with someone who is an obvious winner.
— Knowing how to distinguish between winners and losers (subject of an entire other post but in your gut you know — trust me)
I love this type of information from seasoned pros because it provides such a great baseline to measure my thinking against. I go through a two-step process. First, am I asking these same questions? I’ve learned over the decades that its really important for me to evaluate if these questions apply to me (or my clients) and why or why not. Then I compare my answers to the ones provided and examine where they are the same and where they are different and why.
Is this time consuming? Yes. Yes it is. But if you are running your own business and have a family these are the types of things you should be spending time on.