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Speed vs Control and What Teaching My 2 Year Old to Ski Taught Me

I don’t know about you but I would imagine that most people reading this post and working on building an online business are balancing 100 different things and struggling to find so called “balance”.

Keeping it all “balanced” is probably not a realistic goal (at least I haven’t found it). Family, Online Business, Day Job and the 1,000 other things that demand some amount of attention in a day is beyond what can reasonably be accomplished.

For me, getting everything done or finding balance isn’t the goal I like to think about everything as trade-offs between as few things as possible to keep focused.

Maybe some of you have found that magical “balance” but probably a lot are simply trying to find the least costly trade-offs that keeps everyone(including you) happy and business growing.

One of these trade-offs that my 2 year old son helped show me is speed vs control.

Speed vs Control and what a 2 year old learning to Ski taught me

This post is probably just an excuse for me to post this picture but humor me and let me try to explain…

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Teaching my Son to Ski – This Post is a thinly veiled excuse to post this picture!

 

Choosing between speed and control is something we all face in our businesses and evidently it’s a trade off when we are learning to ski too.

This past weekend I had my son out for the second time learning to ski, a few melt downs but for the most part he had a massive smile on his face.

The link between my online business trade-offs and him learning to ski occurred at the top of every run. He knows the difference between “Fast” and “Slow” and each run I would ask if he wanted fast or slow….every time the answer was clear… “fast, fast, fast!”.

Why wouldn’t it be…fast is fun!

Most of our brains are wired like my son’s…throw caution to the wind and let’s go fast. Take on multiple projects at the same time and move quickly from one thing to the next. It can often pay off especially when things are going well.

But the trick with choosing speed over control is making sure you get back in control before you get to the bottom of the hill (or its okay to go fast the whole way if you have the luxury of Momma or a grandparent to “crash” into).

How Does This Directly Relates To My Online Business?

Although each time I open my done for you PBN service it still sells out the demand in between has not been as high as it was before the PBN update.

While demand was growing I was quickly adding capacity to try and match, clearly choosing speed over control.

However, as demand leveled off I missed the mark and did not get back in control fast enough. This manifested itself into several costly mistakes including one $1,500/month group of expenses I have been able to easily remove from the business without impacting any client.

Now that I am through getting back into control and with 20/20 hindsight vision it is clear that the decision of speed vs control was the RIGHT one but my timing of getting back into control and maniacal focus on systems was late.

Key Takeaway

When things are going well maximize the benefit and go fast, but get back in control before any major change.

What Have You Learned About Your Business Through Your Kids?

Have your kids taught you any business lessons…or do you want an excuse to write about them too?

About the Author Jon

I am a 33 year old husband, father of 3, engineer and a huge fan of developing systems to build useful and profitable websites. The reason I build online businesses is to provide financial independence for my family and yours AND so I can spend time outside skiing and biking with my family.
Jon Gillham, Online Entrepreneur

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George Meszaros says March 10, 2015

I don’t think it’s smart to try to create a perfect balance. Rather, you need to decide what is working for you. It also varies. If you gear up for a big project, you might change the balance as needed.

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Sameer says March 10, 2015

Looks like, you and your visitors have much more things in common! 🙂

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