I had several reminders, this morning, that today marks 221 years since the death of George Washington. And while that might not seem to have anything to do with your business, I think I can make a case for how it does.
Before he was President, George Washington was a commander.
In fact, at the Second Continental Congress John Adams nominated him to be Commander-in-Chief for the War of Independence. And I’m impressed by Mr. Washington’s acceptance speech…
“I beg they will accept my cordial thanks for this distinguished testimony of their approbation. But lest some unlucky event should happen, unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with. As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it. I will keep an exact account of my expenses. Those I doubt not they will discharge, and that is all I desire.”
Wow, George didn’t “wish to make any profit” from his new position. But he still promised to “keep an exact account of my expenses.”
And as it turns out, those expenses included a lot of duties and attention to detail. Washington had to select and supervise generals, command an army, and coordinate with the new Congress. And he had to oversee the training of a unified militia and keep a check on supplies and all the logistics.
Doesn’t that sound a little like your business responsibilities?
And doesn’t it feel like you’re up against overwhelming odds a lot of the time?
But you know what’s great about living now instead of during George Washington’s time? You can be in more places at once. And you can practically run all your operations from your phone. Almost instantly. Poor George had to wait weeks, sometimes, just to get a reply to a tactical letter.
Another huge advantage you have over George is my RondaReady system. You can plug your business into a system our first President couldn’t even have dreamed about. And you can use this system to be the highly organized CEO of your business.
In other words, you’ll be in charge of your troops faster than you can say George Washington.