When you were a child, did anyone ever ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? My earliest recollection of this was at the age of 7, when I told my family I wanted to be a Priest because of all the money they collected in the collection baskets. They MUST be rich, right?
My next recollection was that I wanted to be an inventor, which eventually transformed into being an entrepreneur. That’s why entrepreneurs…that’s right…YOU reading this blog right now…are my heros today.
And today I find it funny that, of all of the Super Heros out there, 1 is considred the most dominant, with three others tied for second. Here they are listed by the decades they were considered popular:
Super Hero Popularity Breakdown:
Spider-Man = 4 eras (60′s, 70′s, 80′s and 00′s.)
Superman = 3 eras (40′s, 50′s & 70′s)
Wolverine = 3 eras (80′s, 90′s & 00′s)
Batman = 3 eras (70′s, 90′s & 00′s)
Captain Marvel = 1 era (40′s)
Hulk = 1 era (60′s)
Punisher = 1 era (90′s)
Spawn = 1 era (90′s)
That’s right, Spider-man is considered by many to be the most popular super hero of all time. I think Superman must be a very close second. And Batman and Wolverine are close behind. I always liked Superman (thought Spiderman was creepy).
What I find most interesting is that of the 4 major super heros, 3 of them are loners. Superman, Spiderman, and Wolverine work by themselves. And they are admired by children around the world for their ability to dominate and win consistently.
The only problem is, that these 3 super heros are a complete myth when it comes to real life, and especially my real life heros, entrepreneurs (and thus telecom agents). I’ve known hundreds of entrepreneurs in various niches…all of whom display varying levels of degrees of success and failure. I’ve noticed over time that 99% of the successful ones are like Batman. They always have a Robin that gets them out of trouble and is critical to their success. They may not be on the front of the papers, and hopefully they don’t wear green Speedo swim-trunks to work, but the "house" would fall apart without them.
And I’m not talking about an admin assistant. I’m talking about a partner or a right hand man/woman…A Yin for the Yang. A Tic for a Tock. A Pot for the Lid. Smart, trust-worthy, reliable, and grounded. If you’ve got a Robin, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Your Telecom Agency
Growing a telecom agency, like any business, is not easy. There are multiple parts of the business that must be run seamlessly to ensure customers are satisfied, money is not thrown away, vendors and employees are managed, doors are being knocked on, new technology is learned and incorporated, and thought and energy is invested into the future. If you’re a killer sales person, you may not be well organized. And if you’re highly detail oriented, you may not be the best at initiating sales and closing business. Superman can seemingly do it all, right? But really, he’s really just knocking out bad guys. Doesn’t require a highly sophisticated set up acquired skills and abilities. To assume that Telecom Agents, or any small business owner, or really any human being, can become successful by themselves, is a myth (if not an outright Hollywood lie).
The $10M Question
Do you want to take your telecom agency to the next level? Who’s your Robin?
If you do want to grow and you can’t answer this question, maybe its time to get on the bat-phone and find one.