5 Things I wish I knew

Oct 25, 2021
The Weekly with Fred Schebesta #44: 5 Things I wish I knew


When I recorded this video 4 years ago, I was sitting in our Sydney office. We just opened our UK business and Finder USA was about 1 year old. I had just been through one of the toughest periods of my life and I came out the other side feeling incredible.

We had finally found our feet in the US and Jon Ostler began his role as CEO of Finder UK. Everything was falling into place.

It felt like Day 1 and I have this feeling all the time. In fact, today is Day 1 and these 5 things are still relevant. I wish I knew them when I was first starting out in business. They have helped me immensely over the years and I hope they can help you too!

1. Growth will take longer than you realise.

It’s ok to grow slowly. Take your time and deliberate on decisions. Be considerate and persistent. And most importantly, be patient.

2. Always use tests when recruiting.

Finding the right people is always going to be one of the hardest parts of expanding your business. You’ll more likely get it right by setting some tests for your potential candidates to complete during the interview process.

3. Focus on achieving 1 thing before moving on to the next.

Not being able to focus and get stuff done can become a founder’s biggest downfall. To be as productive as possible, set yourself goals each day and focus on completing them before moving on to something else.

4. Be resilient.

Some people are more resilient than others, so it might be something you need to work on a little harder. It’s an incredibly important skill to develop as a business owner or leader in any role that you take on.

5. Chase your dreams.

Chase your dreams because they will come true. Ideas are just dreams until you make them a reality. There is no downside to failing. Only learning and growth. So what are you waiting for?



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