There is nothing as potent to pave the way to success as being in control.
There is nothing so blocking to success than to insist on being in control.
To some being in control is an all positive thing; it enables you to define the path to follow forward and ensure the necessary decisions are being made and the focus is on relentless execution towards a goal. The bigger, the better.
To others being in control comes with such a daunting sense of responsibility that you would rather not have it and potentially not do anything at all for the sheer fear of what happens if or when something goes wrong.
Some loathe not being able to be in control and will walk away from a potential opportunity just for the lack of being able to be in control. Others loathe being controlled and not being in a position to challenge the course of action, i.e. exert control, and will refrain from putting themselves into that position.
And some just hate that excess talk about control can ultimately block every path to future success.
Because at the end of the day some sort of control is needed to achieve great success.
Because if there is one thing that remains certain, it is that great success does not arise from a completely lack of control.
The world is such a complex place with a gazillion moving parts that you cannot ever claim that you have got things under control.
Because how things turn out will per definition be outside of your control and sometimes for the most odd reasons.
This makes your job as the one who has to get things moving, get customers, secure sales and drive the business forward super, super hard.
Much harder than actually building the thing, which is a much more controllable process based on having the necessary skills and experience.
So in the absence of control out there, what can you ‘control’?
What you put in.
Quick example: If you know that making one sale happen takes about 10 meetings with different leads, you can totally control that you get those 10 meetings set up, and that you get there on time and pitch the living **** out of it.
Same with partnerships, recruitment and everything else; put the required effort in and your chance for success vastly increases.
But don’t just do a lot of random stuff. Have an approach, a system of some sorts, based on always learning and adapting. Refine your approach. Plan ahead. Think it through – but don’t overthink it.
No matter what people might say having a well thought through plan and approach and spending the time on improving it over time will serve you well.
Combine that with putting in the effort, and you might get where you aspire to go.
Whenever you take on an opportunity, make sure you have understood the mandate and you have it in a way that you can follow through on the ambition, you are trying to bring to life.
Why? Because it is dead easy to be flattered, take in all the kind words and accept a role, where everybody but yourself is in control. And when that happens, you will not be leading anything. You will be a spectator. A spectator running the risk of getting blamed, when the decisions of others come back to bite the project.
Be especially aware of this is you are considering an opportunity in a corporate environment. Corporate cultures are – for better and for worse – most often well established, and the chances of it changing for the sake of your opportunity is zero. Non-existing. Unless, that is, you make sure to get a very strong and powerful mandate from the ‘go’.