Included in every session will be one or more Skill Set exercises to help you engage with the Big Ideas presented. While this is optional, don’t cheat yourself and move through the Roadmap without applying the concepts you’re learning! Challenge yourself to complete every Skill Set activity and see what changes in your business as a result. We promise good things will happen.
- Stop and consider the defining moments you’ve experienced in starting your business. How did you get to where you are in your business–what steps did you take and what challenges did you meet? Create a list of 10-20 of the most important events you’ve experienced in bringing your business to where it is. Put dates with each event.
- On your list of important events and defining moments, draw an up or down arrow beside each item to signify whether or not an event represents a ‘high’ or a ‘low’ point in the life of your business.
- Circle the moments that were the lowest and the highest.
- Now visualize it! On a separate sheet of paper, create a linear graph with the high and low points in the life of your business. Remember to mark the highest points and the lowest points! You may need to sketch it in pencil so you can adjust it as needed. This is very subjective, and will look different to each person. See the brief example below. The graph can be created for free here: https://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/graphing/classic/line.asp. (It’s an app for kids, but that makes it easy to use! You’ll have to add your own event titles in another program).
- Look at your business-growth graph. When you think about the growth pattern that emerged, what strikes you as significant? Do you see any trends? Would you change some patterns if you could? What do you want your graph to look like in the coming years?
- Extra challenge: find a business associate and share your defining moments list and your business-growth graph with them. Ask them if they see any other trends or patterns of significance that may have escaped your notice.