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Hold on Loosely

Growing up I remember my dad singing along to this song, playing air drums on the dashboard of our minivan. Fun fact - he plays guitar but always played air drums. Anyway, for anyone not aware of 38 Special, I encourage you to Google them now and find this song. I'll wait....

Fun song, huh? I feel like this song is really applying to me as an entrepreneur these past couple of weeks. I realize this song is obviously written regarding a romantic relationship. But, I feel like it can still be applied in business.

With our teams we have to entrust them with responsibilities and have confidence in their ability to complete them. For all of my fellow control freaks out there - easier said then done, right? Then the chorus of this song popped in my head.

"Just hold on loosely, but don't let go..."

In other words, trust them to do what you've hired them for, but be there for support. So don't pull an Elsa and let it go. As the entrepreneur, we are in the driver's seat. We choose the direction of our minivan of a business. But that doesn't mean we can't get help from our GPS, cruise control and brake assist which make us look like way better drivers.

More often times, we fall into the dreaded micromanagement category. Again, let's allow 38 Special give us some advice on this one.

"If you cling too tightly, you're gonna lose control."

Truth bomb! If you are constantly nitpicking and obsessing over tiny details with your team, you're going to find it increasingly difficult to keep a solid support system around you. Then you're minivan doesn't get regular oil changes, tire rotations or maintenance and it falls apart! Surround yourself with a team that fills your weaknesses.

That means we are going to need to identify those weaknesses. Ask your team where they feel you could improve. Get feedback from peers that are in your industry. We all have to strive to improve if we want to be successful. Then you can experience the bliss that is being an amateur guitarist, playing the air drums to 38 Special, in your completely restored and well maintained minivan, driving to the Florida Keys with your family and sailboat in tow, or a cross-country trip to Walley World. Either way - it's bliss!

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