Interested in starting your entrepreneurial journey in personal development, but not sure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Gregg Hannah, Founder & CEO of Transformational Learning Solutions, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Tell us all about your business...
My business is a coaching and behavioral change work practice. I work with individuals and organizations that want to make profound and sustainable changes. I offer one-on-one and group coaching and a range of workshops, seminars, and courses. I really like to work with small businesses or solopreneurs. These are environments where people are filling multiple roles and are often swamped, overloaded, and confused. Helping these people gain clarity and develop the knowledge they need to make the changes they need and want has a significant impact on them personally and their business very quickly. This is personally and professionally highly satisfying.
What's your background and motivation to grow as a solopreneur?
When I retired from the Royal Canadian Navy, I wanted to do something on my own, not work for someone else. I had spent the last part of my career as a University professor. I realized that while educational institutions provided what to learn, they didn’t do well at helping students figure out how to learn. I pursued my coaching certifications when I retired, and in doing so, I came to understand that my concept of “learning to learn” had broader applications than just education. My own career path was successful. However, looking back on it, I can only imagine what it would have been like if I had access to the types of resources I could now bear on behalf of and for my clients. I want them to achieve the highest level of excellence they are capable of. Thus my motto is Through Knowledge – To Empowerment – For Excellence.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Making the transition from Naval Life to business life.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a solopreneur?
Thinking that you need to do everything yourself. You need to make the decisions and take responsibility for them, but you don’t necessarily have to do everything yourself. This is true even as a solopreneur. Investing your time and energy in the wrong areas, that while they need to be done, could be better handed off to someone else can be fatal for a small business.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run or grow a small business today?
Patience. Nothing happens quickly. You have to be prepared to weather the ups and downs as you figure things out. If things aren’t working, doing more of the same isn’t going to be helpful. You have to be prepared to change how you are doing something. Get good advice. Find a person or a group that you trust that you can go to and share your thoughts. You need reliable outside advice and opinions, so you don’t get caught in the echo trap of your own view of how to do things.
Where can people find you?
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