Pop Quiz, Monday with Les Watson

All of my work is fun, so being in a training room with people is the best fun you can have with your clothes on.

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Les Watson

Les Watson
Photo credit: Les Watson

What is your job role?
Time Lord – Owner – Get More Time

Tell us about your company?
We specialise in Time Management training and increasing individual and corporate productivity.

What do you love most about your job?

Seeing/hearing the success stories that come from those who attend my training.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
To bring life, and for those people who know me, that’s what I do in every situation I am in.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My wife, Merry, is with me in the company and she has not been well for many years (doing mighty fine now though). She is my inspiration and the reason I chose to create the company.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
All of my work is fun, so being in a training room with people is the best fun you can have with your clothes on.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Marketing is always a challenge for a ‘services’ business. I have learnt that you need to reach out and get expert help when you don’t know what to do.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Similarly, the key to business is not trying to do it all yourself. Play to your strengths and delegate/outsource the rest.

But the key is two-fold:
Ask for support, which entails laying down your ego to say you can’t do it all…
and be supportable, which is again putting aside your ego and saying I don’t need to do it all myself, I can let people in to help me accomplish what it is I am aiming for.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Gather people around you and learn from what they have done in the past, their experience, the highs, and the lows.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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