Can you teach an Old Dog new tricks?

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There’s an old saying, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks!   BS I say to that.

In as long as I have been in business, I have had a coach or a mentor, or been off to conferences to learn and develop myself and my business.

It’s a great way to travel, as you can kill two birds with one stone so to speak, I love to travel and love to learn about business, so for me conferences are a great way to do both.

Conferences have totally changed the way I do business, around 5 years ago I went to my real first big international conference, it is in the financial services sector and there are around 13,000 people that attend every year, by far the biggest I have been too.

I got back from this conference which was held in Toronto and then had a week in New York exploring afterwards totally changed.

We were able to pu tin Place some amazing systems and processes after my learnings into our business which has meant the difference of staying where we were or having one of the most respected finial advice businesses in New Zealand today, and we are constantly evolving.

At present we are growing again, but in an organic way, we want to have more locations, offer more services, but maintain the boutique feel and customer service our clients currently have, and this will mean some changes are coming along.

The largest change by far is that I will step out of my day to day client interaction role of offering advice, to manage the direction of the company,  A challeng I am ,oooking forward to, and one that has already helped me learn a lot so far, but the need to learn a lot more as we go forward too will be immense.

(My favorite shot from NYC)
Teaching old dogs:

A lot of what I need to do is get some of my colleagues to come along for the ride, beacause as we know change can be scary, but change is and has to be constant.

Without change, we stay still, we do not grow, and we will get the same results we have always had – so to grow we need to embrace change, set to goal high, and reach for the stars, beacause if we aim for the stars we may hit them, but if we shoot for the ground we will definitely hit that, the idea is to aim high.

Set BHAG’s Big Hairy Audacious Goals, and believe that you can do what you set out to do.

I have read this quote a few times lately, and I love it, It’s by Thomas Edison and it goes “I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways to that it wont work” he was talking about the lightbulb, something we take for granted in this day and age, it gets dark, you flick a switch and instantly you have light.

What this says to me, is that if the dream is big enough, and the desire is real keep trying, don’t be scared to fail, failure doesn’t mean you are terrible, or hopeless or no good, it means you are trying.

I know so many people who don’t even bother to try, what would you rather be, someone who tries and fails, or someone who sticks their head in the sand and goes through life without any ambition?

Go and learn, whatever industry you are in, find new ways to do things, attend industry conferences, ask the leaders in your field what they are successful, I love going up to someone who is doing a lot better than me (of which there are many) and asking them if I can buy them a cup of coffee or a beer, and asking how they run their business, most people are happy to share, and guess what most people’s favourite subject is? It’s themselves!!! Ask them this simple question, and I guarantee they will talk for ages with you.

It is:

So tell me (Name) how did you get into this business???
Enjoy the journey,  Mat.

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