Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal and business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Corrie Block, Owner and CEO of Paragon Consulting, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I help executives and companies make more money by helping people find meaning at work. I'm an executive coach, leadership trainer, and organizational behaviorist.
Tell us about yourself
My personal BHAG is to improve the quality of a million lives every month. I love it when one of my coaching clients makes a major breakthrough in their life or when one of the companies I'm working in has a major shift in leadership culture. This happens when people connect deeply and meaningfully with their social roles (jobs) and their economic communities (companies). After all, it's not just a job, it's half of your life. And if you spend half of your life doing anything every day, it should be a meaningful half.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is having been bankrupt twice and getting back up again. I learned the hard way that failing miserably isn't fatal. With a bit of grit and discipline, you can recover from almost anything. I learned a lot more from surviving my failures than enjoying my successes, and I'm grateful for those learning opportunities.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing is losing good people. Whether they leave or you've had to let them go for whatever reason, it's tough to say goodbye to a member of your economic team that you've been investing in and care about. There's an unlimited amount of money on the planet, but truly good people are a rare treasure.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Starting a company is like raising a child. The first 2 years are just sleepless nights, crying and screaming, putting up with sh*t, and trying to keep it alive. Be aware of the cost of starting up. It's not streamlined, not easy, and not for the faint of heart... but just like raising a child, it's very rewarding to see your company function well on its own in the long term.
Where can people find you and your business?
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