If you take a look at some of the most successful and visionary businesses in the UK, it’s no coincidence that many of them are family-owned companies. In fact, the leaders at the helm of these family firms are themselves some of the most extraordinary individuals.
But what do they all have in common? A dream to build an empire, change people’s lives and create a legacy for future generations.
Whether your family business is big or small, in farming or perfume, 5 generations or just starting up; you CAN be a change maker for the future.
Push yourself beyond limits
Some of the most exciting things happen when you say ‘yes’. In business it can get pretty hairy but have the courage and the belief to give something a go if you truly believe it will have a positive effect.
Do things differently
There’s no point just copying what’s around you. If you want to make some serious noise in your industry you have to do things differently. Whether that’s in product, marketing or the way you approach new business. Our world is a fuzzy haze of information overload so now is the time to be bold.
It’s all about me
Nobody will EVER love your business as much as you. You ooze passion and excitement so get out there, put your name and face to your brand, meet as many people as you can. You’ll soon find that your energy is infectious and new opportunities will come your way.
Are you changing lives?
Just because you run a small bakery in Scotland, doesn’t mean you can’t have in impact on the world. Are there young people in your community you could mentor? Are you giving back to great causes? Could you share your experience to help others in business? Why not pass on your skills by running apprenticeships? Think beyond the core business and consider what impact you’re having.
What will people say about you when you’re gone?
Think about the legacy you want to leave. 99.9% of people will be perfectly happy getting on with their jobs, paying their mortgage and going on nice holidays. But you’ve got the chance to be so much more. By building your business, growing year on year, providing jobs to local people, passing on skills and experience, integrating with your community and becoming an ambassador you’ll be creating a legacy that your children and grandchildren will be proud of.