Even the great Tony Robbins has mentors, which proves that the most outwardly successful people on the planet have more to learn, too. The powerful speaker Jim Rohn helped guide Robbins' early career and, as you can imagine, is a force into himself.

In fact, a quote from one of Rohn's classic talks is still relevant, if not more so today:

"You say, 'If I had a big organization, you know, I'd really run it with a strong hand and I'd be a fabulous leader. But I've only got a few (followers) and I don't know where they are.' See, that's not going to work. If you wish to preside over a lot... you have to be disciplined when the amounts are small."

What Rohn is talking about is systems: A system to master your emotional intelligence so you can handle the power; a system to handle your relationships so your management can scale; and a system to organize your resources so you can use them most effectively in high numbers.

The thing is that those systems can most easily be put into place when the overhead is as low as the stakes. Ironically, as Rohn mentions, it's easy to not take the systems seriously when the rewards are weak, yet this is the very time you should be thinking about long range goals.

It's kind of like wishing to win the lottery, but not actually thinking about what you would do with the money: The chances of you wasting the money if you got it are extremely high. And even if you did have a plan, if you didn't manage things well on the small scale, you certainly wouldn't have the discipline to do it with millions!

Entrepreneurs often learn this the hard way. How many companies end up growing faster than expected, becoming worth billions in a few short years, only to do expensive fixes because they didn't take the time to consider details that felt virtually inconsequential when they were small?

Instead, take a step today - even a small one - to put a system in place so you will be able to better emotionally, relationally and financially handle your business if and when it does reach new heights. It is often more dangerous to prepare for failure than it is for success.

Published on: Jun 8, 2017