Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. - Proverbs 11:14 -
There is no easy way to grow a small business from the ground up. This is something that I can say with confidence: I have been there, and I have done that. NBA was not an organization that just manifested overnight. In fact, it took many years and a lot of hard work to reach the level where we are today.
And through those years and that work, there is something incredibly important that I learned: there is great value, and great wisdom, in the people you keep at your side.
When I was young, I did everything myself. I wore all the hats of a small business owner, and I didn’t bring a lot of people into my close space. I trusted few people. I was impatient. And I was blinded by my own ambition and drive to build a successful company…and it backfired. I made a lot of mistakes. I isolated myself.
I learned that in in business, there is safety in the counsel of many. When we grow as individuals and as professionals, it’s important to build a network of support around us. And within that network of support, we need to have people who are not afraid of voicing their opinions and providing us feedback. As I learned in my experiences, my own passion put blinders on my ability to see how narrowly I was thinking. But as I opened up myself to feedback, I started to see how some of my business decisions were impacting potential growth, and how some of my personal decisions were impacting my own happiness.
“Where no counsel is, the people fall.” How often do we see “lone rangers”—people who set out to accomplish a mission, but do so without relying on the feedback and input of others? I know tons of lone ranges. But I don’t know tons of successful lone rangers. Because at the end of the day, a lone ranger is only one mind. And no matter how many great ideas one mind has, it cannot compare to the power of many minds and many great ideas building off of one another. Where there is no feedback, no self-reflection, no parameters for understanding and growth, the people fall.
“But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” There is the saying of safety in numbers. And while this saying is often used to describe physical safety, I believe it applies to emotional and business and mental safety, too. When we have a support system of people who know us and know our goals and our ambition, it’s amazing to see how people want to help you succeed. It’s the vulnerability of opening oneself to feedback that is powerful. The ability to recognize the need for humility in all that we do: to check our egos and grow strong under the counsel of many.