Starting a business can be a confusing time. There's always one guru or another that has a 'golden nugget' of advice that will ensure your venture becomes successful. Some of them are right and some are, well, snake oil in a new box. The trouble is as an entrepreneur you may not always be able to see the wood for the trees.
However, I was introduced to a TV programme that reminded me of a belief I've held for many years and one that, subconsciously at least, shapes the way i approach business. And whilst watching TV isn't always advisable when starting a business, the principals at play here could prove valuable to your business.
Now, firstly, let me qualify what I'm about to say. I haven't yet seen said programme but the synopsis as explained by someone who has was enough to inspire this post. The synopsis is (and I'm paraphrasing here) that a chap is sent to a remote location with a single item of his choosing and has to survive for 30 days. However, the protagonist, an ex-SAS soldier, turns that around and dismisses surviving in favour of thriving. And using his environment and it's natural laws and parameters builds the ecosystem that will support his thriving. The programme is called Marooned with Ed Stafford.
Now this appeals to me on two levels. Firstly, I agree with Michael Gerber who, in his book The E-Myth Revisited, explains that business is simply a collection of systems that coexist and that by systemising your business ultimately makes it predictable, scalable and no longer dependant upon the people within it. Something that anyone who has been exposed to the Lion King's circle of life concept would agree is what nature teaches us.
Secondly, that by working with your environment, adapting to your surroundings and finding ways to coexist with the natural laws that are around you, you remove at least one frcition that could hold your venture back.
There are so many ques in nature about what it takes to be successful, cues that are often overlooked because they aren't obvious or written in a business success manual. But by realising that success is a natural thing (tree's strive to be the biggest they can be, Lion's tend not to wake up one morning and attempt to 'just get by today') and operating in a way that embraces natures laws we can all help our ventures to become successful and for the long term.