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If You Are On An Island, You Need A Wilson

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Before I delve into today’s topic, I am going to tell you the story behind the story. On January 12th I went on a bike ride since it warmed up to 74 degrees. On my bike ride I turned into the parking lot of a church that is very large and a great place to add-on a few miles to my ride while avoiding traffic.  On the ride that day as I was about halfway into the first lap when I looked ahead and saw Wilson and it stunned me. For those of you who do not know who Wilson is, and I assume that is small number, it was Tom Hanks’ friend and sounding board while he was stuck alone on an island in the movie Cast Away.

Why was “Wilson’s” appearance; from seemingly nowhere, so stunning to me?  I have business associate and friend that acts as my “Wilson” and I serve as his “Wilson”. What do I mean by that?  Well, as a solo entrepreneur many times you can feel as if you are on an island.  About a year ago I began meeting with him on a regular basis for coffee and to discuss ideas and happenings in our businesses.  It was not my idea but; have found it to be a very valuable pursuit.   I have given advice and received advice during our meetings and always find it helpful even if it is blowing off steam to someone who can relate to my frustrations.  The nice thing about this is I can vent to someone else rather than my wife and she appreciates that.  My “Wilson” is a good fit for me as he has a similar type of consulting business which is complimentary but not competing. 

I have been in groups in the past and currently am in a group that acts my informal board of directors but having someone to confide in that is in a similar business who understands exactly what issues you face is invaluable.  If you are in business by yourself, you should consider having a “Wilson” to keep you from going crazy on that lonely Island you live on.

Have great week.

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Written by pacelinebiz

February 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

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