The lunch interview was one more installment of the “Success Interview Series”. “Bob Smith”, the successful CEO of a local, Charlotte, NC, Co-Location & Managed Hosting Company was my willing guest. Bob has been a friend of AirTight for many years, we have been fortunate to be able to assist their growth within the infrastructure of their companies multiple data centers scattered throughout the region. I asked him if he would break bread and allow me to better understand what it took to become successful, at least from my view-point, as you know, most successful people are slightly reserved when it comes to anointing themselves as successful.
After settling in, he was kind enough to really open up, we discussed how he got to where he was, the real road map, complete with pot holes, steep grades and even some dirt roads. It was really amazing to me to be able to get a glimpse into the world that normally we only imagine. Most often, I find anyway, that when I think about success and the people who fit under that banner, it seems pretty glamorous, then to find out about the pot holes and the slippery slopes of inclement weather, it allows a deeper appreciation.
This interview was certainly not the exception to that rule. The exception was how much this gentleman told me and how goofy I must have looked as he told me some of the happenings. We talked for over an hour, towards the end, he settled on just a few examples of what had “Made Him Successful”.
Being Forgiving: This was the dominant thought. Bob relayed how forgiveness allowed him to move from one business relationship that didn’t end so well, but the forgiveness he allowed to enter his heart, really put him on his current course. I didn’t take this at all lightly, in fact it made me recount a time or two that I should have been / wished I would have been more forgiving. It certainly would have allowed for quicker wound healing. The second and most spoken about publicly part? … Having people around you that you can trust and have candid conversations with without the raw words spilling out. Just good, simple and clear communications to put all on the same page. The final thought was about your investors: … Be it capital, emotions or just confidence: Work to have a great rapport with the team, they can allow you to really roll, but they have to believe in the mission, they cannot do that if they do not believe in you.
This session, like all of them thus far have been, are about just a handful of things. You do not have to complicate things, just concentrate on the basics. (Jim Rohn was/is famous for this line / www.jimrohn.com) Honesty, being fair and do not put your reputation at risk.
These are the exact things that Bob has done.