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Trusted Adviser

When you own and operate your own business, you make your own decisions and take your own actions. Sound good? It’s also bad news, because it’s so easy to do the wrong thing, at the wrong time, in the wrong way. Trust me, I’ve done it.

The counter balance to that is having a trusted adviser. Notice I said trusted, not an expert. An expert adviser has a vast amount of knowledge on a subject (law, contracts, etc.), but a trusted adviser has a vast amount of knowledge about you. This means they know your priorities, limitations, etc.

Fortunately, in 16 years of business, I’ve only had to contact expert advisers twice. They knew their stuff; they just didn’t know my stuff. My trusted adviser (my wife) did. In both situations, I went against the expert and went with the trusted advice. On the surface, it appeared I was making the wrong choice, but both of those decisions proved to be correct. Who is your trusted adviser?

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