Why Personal Growth Is The Cornerstone Of Business Success With Russ Perry, Design Pickle

Why Personal Growth Is The Cornerstone Of Business Success With Russ Perry, Design Pickle

November 17, 2021

Why do successful entrepreneurs continue to focus on their personal growth even when they already seem to have it all?

Russ Perry, the founder and CEO of Design Pickle, joins A.J. to discuss your personal growth can accelerate business growth and help you make things happen. Russ went from an owner of a struggling brick and mortar business to the founder and CEO of the #1 flat-rate creative services platform. 

How’d he get there? Tune in to find out all about the tools, tips, and life hacks he used to get where he is today.  

About Russ Perry:

Russ Perry is the Founder and CEO of one of the world’s most successful flat-rate creative services companies, Design Pickle. Under his leadership, Design Pickle has grown from 2 team members to over 700 globally, completing over 1 million creative requests.

Russ also penned the book “The Sober Entrepreneur: Change Your Family Tree,” where he shares his personal journey from battling addiction to building a seven-figure empire. This powerful tale reveals the precise steps he took to transform his life, providing insights as well as inspiration for entrepreneurs looking to reach their fullest potential.

For a comprehensive book review, check out this page.

How to make personal growth a priority?

Personal growth is not only beneficial for individuals but also plays a pivotal role in the success of businesses. By prioritizing personal development, entrepreneurs can enhance their skills, knowledge, and mindset, which ultimately fuels business growth. Here are some tips on how to make personal growth a priority and create a path to continuous improvement.

Set Aside Dedicated Time for Personal Development

Just as you allocate time for work-related tasks, it is essential to set aside dedicated time for personal development. Treat it as a non-negotiable appointment with yourself. This could involve scheduling specific blocks of time each week or month for activities such as reading books, attending webinars or seminars, taking online courses, or engaging in self-reflection. By proactively allocating time for personal growth, you demonstrate a commitment to your own development and lay the foundation for continuous improvement.

Find a Mentor

Seeking guidance from a mentor who has experience and expertise in your industry can significantly accelerate your personal growth. A mentor can provide valuable insights, share their knowledge and wisdom, and offer guidance tailored to your specific goals and challenges. They can serve as a sounding board, provide feedback, and help you navigate obstacles along your personal growth journey. A mentor also holds you accountable, ensuring you stay on track and remain motivated to achieve your goals.

Join a Mastermind Group

Being part of a mastermind group allows you to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who are also committed to personal growth and success. Mastermind groups typically consist of individuals from diverse backgrounds and industries. They meet regularly to discuss their goals, share insights, exchange ideas, and provide support. Moreover, participating in a mastermind group exposes you to different perspectives, challenges your thinking, and fosters a collaborative learning environment. It can be a source of inspiration, motivation, and valuable connections.

Personal growth is an ongoing process. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. The most important thing is to find what works for you and to make it a priority. By investing in your own personal growth, you are investing in the future of your business.

On today’s episode:

  • Meet Russ Perry, Founder, and CEO at Design Pickle – 01:16
  • Where does Russ see himself on his entrepreneurial journey today? – 03:40
  • How focussing on personal growth helped Russ grow tremendously in his journey as an entrepreneur – 08:04
  • How the Wake Up Program in California helped Russ push himself out of the comfort zone – 12:33
  • The kind of balance you need for personal and business development (according to Russ) – 15:54
  • Why Ray Dalio’s principle of making a practical list of the things you want to achieve is essential in your personal and business growth – 19:33
  • How do reevaluating and resetting your goals help you to move forward? – 21:57
  • Why Russ thinks unified and holistic experiences are the next big thing in the business space – 27:23
  • What is the difference between the Shiny Object Syndrome and Value Continuity? – 31:08
  • How Russ defines his own success as an entrepreneur (and why choosing his challenges is a big part of it) – 34:51

Key Takeaways:

  • Involving yourself with the right business groups can give you a wider view of what’s possible in the world. Russ went from being chained to in-person meetings to a business in the online space.
  • To map out where you want to go next, ask yourself what you need to do to get there and be willing to course-correct if you’ve gotten off of the path. 
  • By leveling up your own personal skills, you can build a better business and be of more value to others. 
  • The key to setting your future state is working on your present state. A good way to do this is to make a list of the real things you want and then determine who you need to work on becoming today to set yourself up for what you want. 
  • Dedicating yourself to the process of self-improvement not only benefits you, but also your business, and the other people in your life. 

How do your personal skills create value in business?

[11:43] – “The more that I am able to level up my own personal skills the better that I can build a business and build value to others which is really what a business is all about.” [9:00]

What is the one skill that you value most in your business? Share with us what personal skills helped you grow your business and follow Beyond 8 Figures on social media – we share a ton of helpful content there!

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