Simon Says Consulting
Tell us a little bit about your business.
I sold my last business, Toolbox Studios, in 2015. Since then, I’ve achieved my Gazelles International coaching certification and I’m solely focused on coaching other entrepreneurs in the mid-market. I help my clients create a culture of purpose, alignment, and accountability by implementing the Rockefeller Habits, the concepts documented by Verne Harnish in the book “Scaling Up.” My current business is Simons Says Consulting and I’m represented by Petra Coach in Nashville.
What is your entrepreneurial fuel? or what keeps your business spirit going?
I love what I do – I get to work with over fifteen companies on a regular basis to build their strategy and plan to impact the world. Entrepreneurs are the foundation of our economy.
What is one piece of advice you’d give from your experience of being an entrepreneur?
Keep your ego in check. Most business owners are accidental entrepreneurs – they were good at a specific skill and started selling that skill. Next thing they know, they have a business. I believe the desire to constantly learn and grow is critical to the long-term success of any entrepreneur. Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you.
What are your favorite things to do outside of the office?
I’m an avid golfer. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to play on some great courses around the world.
What is on the horizon for you- either in your business or personal life?
I’m working on my first business book and will have it out in the next 12-18 months. It’s taking longer than I had hoped, but I’m excited to get it done.
What would you consider your biggest achievement or greatest moment of euphoria in your business?
I’ve sold two businesses and it’s great to see that many years later they’re both thriving and growing. They’re not my businesses anymore, but it’s great to know that a small part of my legacy lives on in those companies.
What are some goals for yourself in the next 10 years?
In the next 10 years, I want to purchase and build more businesses.
What do you love most about EO? Why would you recommend EO to a fellow entrepreneur?
That’s simple, the people. If you get involved in EO – beyond your Forum – you will meet amazing entrepreneurs from around the world. I have a truly global network of hundreds of friends that have positively changed my life. I would have never of met them without getting involved in EO Global leadership. At the very least, commit to attending Global Universities. I’ve been to seven Universities and everyone has been an amazing experience.
What leader, mentor or fellow entrepreneur has been an inspiration for you?
There are many that I could list, but I’ll start with Greg Crabtree – he’s an amazing entrepreneurial thinker, author and speaker. I’m also grateful to call him a close friend. He pushes me to look at entrepreneurship from different angles. He’s not your standard CPA.
What are some of your favorite extracurricular activities? Things you do with your family or friends?
Golf. Travel. Barbecue. Wine. And first and foremost, spending time with my girlfriend, Pam.