You have reached a crucial intersection in your road as entrepreneur. It is a juncture that presents you with two options: To give your creation wings and let it become bigger than you – or to keep it to a size that makes it possible for you to run it hands-on.
The Logic Filter is a private, independent business, founded by
Louis and Niel Fourie in 2007.
It offers life mentorship to professional people and personal guidance to business leaders.
Its flagship product is the Regarding your Life program, a series of full-day conversations, spread over a year, designed to optimally accommodate a group of around five to eight people from the same company, professional sphere or social domain.
The Regarding your Life program forms a central part of the executive management development process in many leading South African companies, and is used by many independent young entrepreneurs and professionals as a self-investment intervention.
Persistence is a mark of character. But there is a thin line between productive perseverance and flogging a dead horse.
Tenacity tends to become hurtful when it is based on an artificial quest. If your pursuit is an imitation of someone else’s journey, you may end up slaving away without making reliable progress.
Not at all.
If we wait for the world to be without problems before we attend to our own serenity, we will never afford ourselves the opportunity. In fact, a happier you is an asset to the world. Your own peacefulness will leave seeds of optimism in its wake and your own contentment will spare the world from another pair of grasping hands.
Integrity is doing what is right, consistently so, without anyone instructing you to do so. It is a pattern of decision-making anchored by fundamental truths. It is a unique practice of maturity.
We build integrity by deliberately honing a conscience that is stronger than our primitive urge to be selfish and also overrides our innate impulse to earn social validation. It deepens its roots every time you choose modesty over vanity – in every act when you remove yourself from ‘the centre of the universe’. To attend to your character in this way takes commitment.
Extract from a talk by Louis Fourie
I am a proud South African. I love my country. No ifs or buts.
South Africa was only good to me. She was kind to my family. Her opportunities afforded me success in business, wonderful lessons, diverse friendships and unique experiences. I have travelled far and wide, and always longed to come back to the land of my soul, never pondered any alternative.
No, it is actually a virtue to afford yourself the sanctity of privacy.
Your most important insights emerge when you grant yourself reflective space. Your best work awaits you in private silence. Your biggest discoveries emerge after extended periods of uninterrupted concentration and fermentation. Your sense of calmness is rooted in your ability to socially detach on a regular basis.
We do – especially if the founders are still in charge.
Over the years, we have identified a combination of five common reasons for this life-cycle impasse:
The first, is that founders normally start a business with the benefit of the customer in mind. Quality of product and level of service are everything to them. This customer-sympathetic culture is vital in the early phase of the business, but many founders never evolve beyond this ‘hands-on, personal service, new-product design’ ethos. This implies that the people who are supposed to build an operationally efficient business and streamline business practices, stay involved in product issues and client relations.
Communication between two people can be such a rich experience. But an enriching conversation is an art – and hinges on the ability of both participants to give and receive. It is a rhythm of sharing a view without overwhelming someone with your opinion, of listening intently, and being sincerely inquisitive.
Our most recent observations confirm a persisting disparity. Many talented people continue to buckle under the weight of brutal ‘timefulness’ and struggle to escape the spell of indiscriminate muchness. And then there are the few who consciously and successfully distribute the different elements of their lives in fitting proportions.
An obvious justification is that there is a scarcity of skill in your marketplace – and that good people are lured away with higher earnings.
The second explanation may be that all ambitious people reach intersections in their careers where they have outgrown their context; they have to reboot themselves, spread their wings and take on a new challenge.