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Should you be addicted to Growth?

by Max Jones / Monday 7th November 2016

Addicted to Growth

In the world we live in today, the word “addicted” has such negative connotations doesn’t it. If you’re addicted to smoking cigarettes, you’re seen to be consciously killing yourself. If you’re addicted to “The X Factor”, you’re seen to accepting social suicide. & if, like the average 15 year old of today, you’re addicted to FIFA then chances are your social life is low but your integral 4-1-2-1-2 formation with Barcelona is unbeatable.

So, should people be addicted to anything? Well, like anything, it all depends on the detail.   

A well-known “motivator” once said that if you’re not growing, you’re dying. Now I don’t know you personally yet, but I could suggest that the idea of growth is something that excites you. If, like many successful recruiters, this does then a life addicted to growth is one that will lead to a life of true abundance – whatever that might look like for you.

As a recruiter, standing on the edge of something great, one of the biggest motivators for them to start their own business, make the leap & start to create something for themselves, is the notion of personal & professional growth. & growth is addictive. Once they taste that sweet potential to progress, develop & create something they become obsessed. & rightfully so!

Growth is a necessary component of building a successful business, an obsession around learning, understanding & mastering your own business is one that needs to be appreciated from the outset.

I mean think about it. Growth can really be anything. One of the fantastic results of running your own business is the opportunity to live life on your terms, to build a business you deserve & to lead the life that you want. Business growth can come in all shapes & sizes, but the fundamentals stay the same.

Fundamentally growth creates a platform for business mastery. In order to get the best out of yourself & the best out of your own recruitment business, you need to appreciate how to master it. & while “mastery” sounds like such an elusive term, if we break it down it’s really based around two key principles.

1. Intellectual Mastery

You know & I know that in todays recruitment market it is not enough to just intellectually know how to recruit & expect to be able to run a successful business. Heck – that would be too easy wouldn’t it? Instead in order to grow the business that you deserve, you need to be addicted to knowing how to do this.

Now that’s everything from understanding how to produce an invoice & setting up a limited company, to producing Monthly Management Accounts, dealing with you VAT return & appreciating the ever changing landscape of the dreaded HMRC. Don’t you just love the tax man?

On top of that, it’s understanding how best to market your business, create a website that will work for you & making sure that your website is working to capture the details of its visitors in the most efficient & systematic way.

The list goes on, but the fundamentals stay the same. It’s all well & good to know something intellectually (i.e knowing you need to set up a factoring agreement for your temps, a payroll function for your business, or a CRM system for your employees), but until you apply it, use it & develop that knowledge it’s not working for you as best it should.

Much like for me, I know how to score 60 goals a season for Real Madrid, but until I apply it I’ll be as close to Cristiano Ronaldo as I am to looking like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Unfortunately neither’s going to happen anytime soon.

2. Emotional mastery

Funnily enough before you even look at how you might physically go about running a recruitment business, you truly need to understand why you want to do this.

Not only do you want to do it, do you feel you need to do it? Have you got the desire, drive, determination, motivation & grit to make this succeed? Will you keep going when the going gets tough? Will you keep driving the business in times of success?

You link an outrageous amount of emotion behind the logistics of running a recruitment business & you will get from where you are today to where you want to be. After all, a plan is everything the meaning behind it represents. You know & I know, mastering why you want to do something (no matter how daunting it may seem) is one of the biggest steps you can take to making anything succeed.

What do we hope?

We hope that each & every recruiter we have the opportunity to work with, support & help through this exciting process is addicted to their own personal & professional growth.

We hope that they are honest, open & eager to work with SSG & genuinely believe that SSG will support their business with the right care, consideration & respect they rightfully demand.

We hope that they are excited, apprehensive, committed & addicted to growing a life for themselves & their family that they want, that they deserve & that they once aspired to.

After all, shouldn’t we all be addicted to something?