Chase Excellence

Aug 15, 2023

Chase Excellence - Let the Experts be Experts

Let’s understand what is means to “chase excellence.”

I’ll go first – 2 truths and a lie:

  1. I’ve walked with Grizzly Bears.
  2. I’ve swam with humpback whales.
  3. I’m a professional foosball player.

Any guesses?

It would be “C,” but don’t beat yourself up too much, it was a trick question. I USED to be a professional foosball player. I don’t travel to play in tournaments anymore. One could link those things together, but really what I want to talk about is chasing excellence in as a professional foosball player 20 years ago.

Back in the day, the internet wasn’t like today’s vast wealth of information. There wasn’t endless videos and podcasts on every subject. In order to be great at something, you needed to have it in you to be great. You needed to pursue and study your passion on your own.

So that’s what I did.

Most foosers (yes, we call ourselves “foosers” – cute, hey?) just play a lot to get better. Trial and error. Over the course of weeks or months or even years and decades, players figure out what works best for them and slowly make adjustments. That wasn’t me.

I hit 4 to 6 tournaments a week, leaving the bar at 2am, and then coming home to still practice for another hour or two. All of my vacation time was spent on travelling to play in major tournaments to test myself against the best players in the world. In my free time at work, I would read and re-read text interviews from various Hall of Famers (that’s no doubt why I got a late start in Accounting – hah!). Like a 10 year old boy dreaming of Tetris blocks falling down, I would dream about defensive patterns bouncing in and out.

I poured myself into the game. Not just because I loved it, but because early on I read an article from a couple of the best players in the world – Todd Loffredo and David Gummeson. They spoke about the game with such technical precision; it changed the way I saw the game. I didn’t just see it as a game anymore, but rather psychology and math. I played the percentages and simplified my fundamentals. I trusted the experts.

I liked being the best, but I also took every moment to pick the brain from those better than me. Every time I lost to a Master, I would talk to them afterwards to find out how to improve the flaws in my game. Most were very excited to provide wisdom. Iron sharpens iron.

I was promoted to the rank of “Professional” in 3 years. That may sound like a long time, but the learning curve for foosball is insane. Most players don’t ever break out of the rookie class.

This was a great trip down memory lane, but you’re probably asking yourself, “what does any of this have to do with Maui CFO?!”

As a business owner, you’re focused on your service and product. You’re the expert at what you do.

You’re probably not an expert at business processes, bookkeeping, leadership mentality, marketing, sales, finance, accounting, tax, strategic future decisions, etc…

In fact, you might be getting in your own way by trying to take it all on yourself. You could be damaging the very product you have worked so hard to create.

Let Maui CFO be your #1.

Let me Quarterback your play-calling with the other experts on your team. I will collect the data and present it to you in a way that we can make forward-looking, educated decisions. Let me carry out your decisions with the other experts so we’re all operating as efficiently as possible with a shared mission in mind. I will also teach you how to lead and trust your team to follow you through the use of well-established EOS principles.

Your company is more than “just operations” or “just service revenue.”

If you want to grow, you need people who are experts to carry out your vision.

This is chasing excellence.