Six years ago today, on August 17, 2009, Diligentia Group officially opened its doors.
I remember the day quite well. I had just taken what I thought was going to be my last vacation in many years, and was preparing to build out my new home office.
So far, we have had a pretty good run. We’ve grown six consecutive years. Most important, I have had a blast and this adventure has given me opportunities that I could never have had otherwise.
On with the lessons…
1) Be what you want to be.
When I first started, I knew what I did not want to be.
I didn’t want to be the head of an investigative firm that was churning out low-margin work.
I didn’t want to be someone who had a big office with a big staff.
And I didn’t want to be someone who had to answer to anyone.
I wanted to be nimble, preferably solo, with low overhead, and I wanted to work on interesting cases—not just ones that paid the bills.
What you want to be might be totally different.
But I wanted to dictate my lifestyle; I didn’t want my work to dictate me.
2) Listen to what others have to say, but do what you want …read more