I used to think you make your own success; your drive, hard work, making your own luck. That you can be ‘self-made’ can you make your own luck in life?

I was wrong. Very wrong

You can not do everything. You can’t be everywhere. You can’t correct all your faults. No one can

You need great people. Great friends. A great team. An extended network. Smart advisors & partners. Support & community

A B team beats an A player every time. A team of A players can carry you to great heights & you can achieve miracles & mastery with a great team that you lead/inspire or at least find your own part to play & value to add within it

My business partner Mark Homer just saved me £27,700 on ONE insurance quote yesterday. He has helped save us millions in wasted expenses.

He has taught me to manage money better than I ever knew. He has grounded me when I needed a slap, and taken off the reigns when he knows to let me run with it.

He made sacrifices and decisions that self negate for the good of the long term, the businesses, community & our partnership. The power of just one amazing partner is not 2x or even 10x, it’s almost infinite

I’m an accident that would have happened long ago without Mark, the greatest business partner that ever lived, the right match for me, and taken in case you try to nick him.

I mean, Should you even have a business or joint venture (JV) partner? I get asked this a lot recently. Here are some thoughts.

You don’t have to go all in and give everything away up front. Test live with a deal and keep an open mind. This will save a lot of legal and operational entanglement later.

The vision must be similar, the skills and roles must be different. This is very important. Ask them about their vision and values.

NEVER do things they would see as competitive, a time distraction or without them without discussing, involving them or getting clear agreement first.

I have been talking about how to start and scale your business for years.

For those who are hungry to find more routes to passive income, and those brave enough to place their business achievements into someone else’s hands, read on to find out how I managed it with multiple businesses.

Most CEOs never systemise their companies for a range of reasons.

Some just love working with their company too much. Others never find a team strong enough to trust with the day-to-day running of their successful business.

And, let’s be honest: others are just too controlling and paranoid to let go, even if their teams are good enough to trust.

Every successful person that I have met goes through the painful transition of trying to handover the work they’ve always done, and not being happy at the results that others get for them.

After all, no one does your thing as well as you, right?