The constantly growing world of business is a lot to handle on a daily basis. From the introduction of social media to the vast number of companies popping up every day, business owners have a lot on their minds. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when managing not only your business, but also yourself.
We explored how to nurture a healthy business with Daren Givoque, a Financial Security Advisor (FSA) and Certified Divorce Financial Advisor (CDFA) at O’Farrell Financial Services Inc. in Kemptville, Ontario. His expertise has helped countless individuals and couples easily navigate extremely difficult times in their lives.
Daren related to us how at a young age he realized he had a choice to make. He could either make choices for himself or he could let others make them for him. He went one step further and pointed out that not making a choice at all was simply allowing someone else to make it for you.
Once that choice is made, how do you act on it? Roll with the changes. “[Change is] like a freight train. Either you’re going to get on the train or you’re going to get rolled over by it. I’m really not a big advocate for getting rolled over by a train.”
Seeing change as the opportunity it is helps in overcoming roadblocks and challenges, both things guaranteed to arise in business. Being willing to let go of something and move on to something new can be just what you need to succeed. Daren used this mindset throughout his entire career, which eventually led him to becoming a partner of O’Farrell Financial Services in Kemptville.
With that mentality, you can easily navigate the tumultuous landscape of business, but you still need to start somewhere. Daren pointed out that while you are an important asset to your business, you’re not the only one putting in the legwork.
Build a community inside and out
“You have to have people around you that care and are willing to protect you, and vice versa. If you have that, and you can build that team honestly, then you’ll do well.” Daren spoke highly of his experience in the military, which he joined as a way of starting his journey. That experience taught him the importance of trust in a team environment.
This methodology translates to all aspects of life; especially in business. To build a team, you need to have trust. Recognizing the value and importance of the people working with you is vital. Relying on your team and sharing your success with them is a trait of a great leader.
Start with those closest to you – your family
“Engagement happens after hours,” Daren said, emphasizing the importance of keeping the people closest to you in the loop. “I’d love to say that everything happens during the business hours, but 9-5 just doesn’t exist when it comes to the community. It’s a 24-7 thing.”
Making sure that your business works with all aspects of your life will help you balance your workload. Without balance you can’t have productivity. Decide how much time you’re willing to put into the business without taking away from the other important things in your life.
Next up is your team.
Your team participates in growing your business and are there every day to support you. These are the people who will be there with you every step of the way. Without them your business doesn’t go anywhere.
“That’s how people in business become successful, is that they don’t rely on just themselves to be successful; they rely on the people around them. Giving to those people, sharing what you have as a business leader, and sharing it with the people around you, so that you bring them up with you. And they’ll carry you up through your experience.”
Finally, extend your reach into the community
Connect both online and offline to make sure you’re reaching as many people as possible. Actions speak louder than words, and so does your presence in charity work, community events, and the public eye.
“I always like to say people do business with a person, not a logo. And that’s important, because that’s how trust is built in the community,” Daren said. Make it easy for your clients and community to put a face to a name.
One last piece of advice that stood out is do what you love. “Don’t do something because you feel that there’s…a goal for your business on the far end of that scale. If that’s why you’re doing it, then you’re doing it for the wrong reasons, and people are going to see through that. You have to be doing something that you are passionate about, that you enjoy doing.”
Daren will continue to give great advice to all his clients, including his new ones through DivorceNet. If you’d like to hear more, please give our podcast a listen and be sure to check out Daren (Linkedin Account) and his incredible work at DivorceNet