In 2002, at the age of 24, I formed my first company, Dudley Fitness Incorporated.
I was operating as a personal trainer out of a small, private fitness studio, which also led to the development of an in-home clientele.
Later I formed a joint venture with a country club in a gated community to run their fitness center and personal training operations. I employed three personal trainers and a yoga teacher.
Eventually I turned over that business to one of my employees to pursue another opportunity where I perceived greener pastures.
Even though I had good cash flow and had succeeded in building a team, I left the fitness business because I couldn’t see the potential beyond the limitations of my own perspective.
I failed to get the outside perspective necessary to see how I could have expanded the business into managing programs and facilities for other communities.
I could have sought out a coach, a mentor, a peer group, or an incubator program.
I didn’t because it was easier to just move on to something else, but in the process of doing so I had to let go of all the hard-earned momentum and traction I had created in my fitness business.
Acknowledge the limits of your own perspective and know-how.
When you get to a point where you feel stuck, plateaued, or hitting the wall, leverage outside perspective to break you out of the box and keep growing.
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