2015 Reality Check

In the days leading up to and following 31 December 2014, my social media feed was flooded with declarations of what 2015 will and will not be and what people will and will not accept in the new year.

Reality check: Your year will be what it will be…

Set your goals and work your tail off, knowing that you’ll win some and lose some. You’ll win some easy ones and you’ll slog your guts out for others with not even a hint of progress.

Don’t. Give. Up!

Your success is not determined by how boldly and loudly you stake your claim at the beginning of the year, but by how hard and consistently you work at it all year long – even when it’s ‘not working’.

Don’t get discouraged when it feels like it’s all falling apart. It’s not really falling apart; it’s just reducing the sum to smaller parts to make it easier to work with…

By all means map your success, write your goals and share them with the world – I do every year – but high-five the stuff-ups, the failures and the frustrations as an essential part of the game…

Happy New Year!

The Man In The Arena

The Man In The Arena is an excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s now famous speech ‘Citizenship In A Republic‘ delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.

It is one of my favourite quotes as it acts to both strengthen resolve in adversity and celebrate success in victory:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

It is almost impossible not to be stirred by such powerful words. So, who will you be today? The critic – or the Man In The Arena?

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Contributor:

Michael Field, Managing Director for Michael Field Pty Ltd.

Entrepreneurship and growing businesses

Michael Field was recently interviewed by The Profitalist for their Entrepreneur Insider Series. He shares his views on the future of marketing consulting industry, entrepreneurship and growing the businesses.

Below is an excerpt. The full article can be found at: http://www.profitalist.com/entrepreneur-insider-series-michael-field-michael-field-strategic-marketing-consultants/

Q: Where do you see your industry heading in the next 5 years?

A: The marketing industry is benefitting enormously from technology and globalisation. One positive impact is that we can now source talent from a global talent pool and increase our productivity by optimising workflow across time zones.

I see an ever-increasing reliance on technology, increased in-house marketing capabilities and talent development (especially in business development, account and relationship management) as key drivers for success in the future.

Q: What do you plan on doing/changing in order to keep growing in this time period?

A: Our business has evolved from a single person consultancy to a fully integrated strategic marketing consultancy, advertising agency, and PR, media and communications consultancy.

To remain competitive, we need to be at the forefront of these changes, ensuring that we are taking our clients with us on the journey. We are more focused on developing our client attraction and retention strategies while simultaneously developing global reach and expertise in our talent pool.

Q: What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out in your industry and wanting to make it to the top?

A: The one piece of advice I would offer is this: Ask yourself if you are truly committed to doing this for the long haul.

This is not a ‘get-rich-quick’ industry. It is built on long-term, mutually beneficial trust relationships. Relationships take time to build, cultivate and harvest. If you are going to set up a marketing or strategy consulting business, it is a lifestyle choice, which has multiple demands on you and your time. The rewards are not all financial. Much of the rewards for the first several years are simply surviving, winning the next deal, building strong relationships and delivering high quality work. Ask yourself if you are really up for it!

Article link: http://www.profitalist.com/entrepreneur-insider-series-michael-field-michael-field-strategic-marketing-consultants/

Contributor:

Michael Field, Managing Director for Michael Field Pty Ltd.