As 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ) celebrates their 18th year anniversary, founder, entrepreneur, and small business consultant, Michael has been sharing his thoughts on the journey with us. Choosing the path of entrepreneurship can be seen as risky, but as Michael shared in the first part of this blog mini-series, betting on himself paid off more than risking being laid off on numerous occasions.
With all great risks come great rewards, and the 600 Global story is no different. Every individual who is driven to be an entrepreneur is typically seeking one, or all, of the following; financial freedom, being in control and not being told what and when to do things, freedom of time.
Besides running a successful business for nearly two decades (and helping numerous others do the same), Michael has accomplished all of the above. His wife and he have three beautiful children (for whom Michael was able to attend every doctor’s appointment through their pregnancies) all enrolled in private school, and whom he coaches their soccer and baseball teams. And yes, he is still operating a flourishing business and will help numerous others do the same this year. We aren’t sharing this with you to flash his accomplishments, rather show what’s possible when you take a risk and bet on your own work ethic and ability.
“The greatest reward is knowing that I can take care of my family and that I can take care of the people who work with me.”
Michael has set a goal that by the end of this year he will have helped a total of 100 people successfully open their small business, and he is on track to do so! We found it only appropriate to ask for some advice that he would give a new entrepreneur.
He explained that, first and foremost, you have to respect the fact that you are an entrepreneur and truly run your business, not let your business run you. It’s very common for new business owners to get caught up in all the new responsibilities and forget that they are the one running the show.
Michael also talked to us about working hard to set yourself up for the future. What he meant was that if you work extremely hard early on and set the pace for your people, the effort that you will need to put forth, in the long run, will be immensely less. As a business owner, you need to be the one to bear the weight on your shoulders and be the person that the company can build around he explained, you are your team’s clutch player essentially. As Michael put it – “Be the person who wants the ball when there are only a few seconds left.”
Throughout our time with 600 Global’s leader, there was one key message that we noticed kept coming through; take the risk and bet on yourself. It’s no surprise that the culture that he has created in his Phoenix firm supports just that. Michael, along with the entire leadership team, goes out of their way to build trust amongst coworkers and support their people. Being an employee of 600 Global means you essentially have another family.
“I want to give this message to anyone that reads this: Don’t doubt yourself. People accomplish amazing things all the time that they didn’t even know they could do. You might surprise yourself by what you could become good at. Don’t be afraid to bet on yourself… because you might be pleasantly surprised.”
So, to Michael, 600 Global, and the all of the aspiring entrepreneurs that will bet on themselves, cheers! We wish you many more years of success.
Click here to check out the third installment in our interview series with Michael!