Do you know who your number one client is? Someone who generates the most cash for your business. The most loyal client, helps takes your business to new heights. You know who that client is, you. That’s right. I am my most important client. Because without me there is no business.
You need to treat yourself like gold. I’ve been in business for 25 years and I would say the first 18 years I didn’t treat myself like gold. I put everything else before me. I didn’t take a vacation because I was so busy with my business. Forget about eating properly during the day, forget about exercising regularly. I had no time for that. I was just in the weeds. I started to lose sight of why I got into the business in the first place. But then it all changed.
About six years ago, I was working from home one day. Trying to solve a problem for a software client. I just couldn’t solve the problem. It was just mind-boggling why I couldn’t get past this problem. It was just really a frustrating day. I was so just tense, I needed to get out so I went for a walk. I just started walking and I was just thinking, why can’t I solve this problem? There’s got to be a reason why I cannot solve this problem. It was just getting more frustrating. I just said you know what? I was just going to just walk. I’m not going to think about anything.
It was a cloudy day and the sun was trying to peek through and then all of a sudden I look over, there is a cemetery on my right-hand side and I saw something that caught my eye. So I crossed the street to take a look, it was a tombstone with my last name on it. Now Riley can be spelled many different ways and the spelling of R-i-l-e-y is not the most common. Yet, that’s what I saw on that tombstone. I just stood there, stood the utter shock. I was just dumbfounded and like, wow, this is a sign. And just stood there for a while and then I just blurted it out, ‘not now’.
I continued my walk but I just kept thinking to myself, what is going on here? If I keep up the way I’m going, the stress level, being agitated and all that stuff is not healthy for me. If I keep doing what I’m doing, that’s where I’m going to end up at that gravesite. I asked myself, do you still have the passion for the business? Do you still really want to do this business? I couldn’t answer. I could not answer why.
By the time I got back to the house, I realized, you know what? Something’s got to change. I wasn’t stressed when I said that. It’s just that I got to figure this out.
It’s been a journey these last six years and I absolutely love where I am right now. The passion is so back. What I did was build a business that helps my clients on their path through entrepreneurship and I can do this uniquely because I been on that road. I’ve seen the highs, I’ve seen the lows and I want to help you. I have a quick line course called Clear Your Head. It’s based on my experiences and how I cleared my head.