Listen: Small Business for the Rest of Us: One Dude's Journey
"Joining us today is someone who is going to figure out how to revive that Mo-jo that motivated us in the first place, and and Benny polar is with us. He's a business leader in the salon industry. It's won numerous awards for his work, and and building successful companies from the ground up. He speaks and talks to small business owners, and he is the author of small business for the rest of us. One dudes journey. Such a great pleasure, welcome. I love the title of that book, by the way. Oh, thank you very much. We have to at least provide some sort of Ernie. So penny gave me what happens to us. We get is it that we get burnt out. We get tired. What what's the the piece that stops us from? Making that extra phone call that doing that extra whatever today. Frankie m first of all thank you for having me. And and I think that it's when we get into business or we start a new project, we neglect realize what is it really going to take to go from point a two point be at least that was the case for myself. I started with the hair salon industry, and and I'm going to open my own hairdressing salon because I'm busy stylists, and I can do it and not realizing the skill set necessary to run a successful business, and therefore the stress showed itself, and they wants to stress so to sell it was like okay now what kind of what do I do? I don't know how to do that. I'm not really good at that. I'm going to advocate that and then I'm gonna go and as many small business owners do I'm gonna go hide behind my craft. I'm excellent stylist. So I'm gonna hide behind the chair and take care of his customers twenty four seven. So I don't have to pay attention. This other things that I want to procrastinate on which is incredible stress producer. And I think that happens to a whole lot of us. Whether we're running bakeries or tire stores or building, motorcycles, whatever it might be anything that we can get away and hide from we we do we don't make that phone call. You don't we don't write the profit statement? Like we're supposed to right, right. We kind of put bags over our heads and win win. Do you? Tell us what got you from that place to the success that you now have. Great question. I I I started my business, and I was in business if you will. For seven years before I decided to be in business. And what I mean by that. I was doing all the craft of the business and all the things necessary for the products out of the business before I decided to to to do business. And once I made that decision, and I call it the enlightening moment the decision moment. Once I made that decision and small business owners across America. I'm sure have realized this. That's when things changed. That's when I told the the the the business unit universe that. Okay. I'm going to do this the right way now. And then that started that journey of understanding, and I I think there's three really main points that once we get our head around. We can move our businesses and our careers forward. And. Primarily I would say leadership your product and in finance. Yes. Sometimes we spend too much time on product. And we lose the other ones at least that was my. So you went from. Just being a stylist with the blinders on to someone who took the leadership role and tell us what followed after that. Well, you know, it's it's it's almost cliche to say this, but it's became somewhat of the law of attraction. Wants to leadership hat was on and tied down correctly. Started attracting the right team members. And I was I was able to be given to cast a correct vision for them for them to be successful and under my umbrella as well. And and then when I started to share some of my experiences, we have a company called cool beauty consulting, which is a distribution and consulting firm working with salons, and it's about the country that really short up the understanding, and my firm believer that when you share and you teach things share your experiences you've become better. Anyway, just as a matter of fact, and I think that that is a substantial amount as well. But again, I go back to the actual making the decision that self. I'm going to go do this this way because it's not working this way. You know, I hear some some folks say sick and tired of being sick and tired. And and then does we make the decision?"