Metrics, Goals and High Notes – The Holy Trinity of Entrepreneurial Success

In the world of business, it’s easy to fall into the trap of solely seeking immediate material gains. As an Australian business speaker, I know this can be a hindrance in anyone’s entrepreneurial pursuit.

It’s because it makes people lose track of things which are genuinely significant: progress and purpose.

The fact that you are reading this article shows that you are resilient and curious, ready to reach the high notes of your career and not lose yourself on the way there.

The high notes are the ultimate objectives, the moments of peak performance that your work leads up to. They are what makes you and your work memorable.

That said, one of the best ways to ensure that you are on the right path towards moving forward is to take time to contemplate your current situation. In other words, focus on the “now ” rather than thinking exclusively of what you’re going to do.

This article is meant to help you with that.

Knowing Your Business Also Means Knowing Yourself

More often than not, pursuing a career means that there will be many hindrances along your climb to success. I can personally relate to this, when back in 2001, my then business partner and I took our opera singing waiters show ‘The Three Waiters’ for the first time to the USA, things proved to be challenging – to say the least.

Looking back, though, I know those challenges helped me get in touch with my potential. I didn’t know it at the time but I was resilient and pushed myself to work harder than ever before, because I was unwilling to let everything I’d achieved so far go to waste.

And we managed to turn things around and succeed. How?

Well, today I can say that “3 is the magic number” or a Holy Trinity, if you prefer.

First off, your entrepreneurial efforts need to be rooted in reality. For that, take a closer look at the numbers, the performance metrics which are relevant to whatever you define as success in your line of work.

Keeping track of these values will show clear data of how your business is doing. But it’s not enough, though.

It’s also important to continuously ask yourself: “Is this the direction I want to be heading towards with my business? Is it true to my vision?”

To find the answer, you’ll have to turn inwards. Knowing your business becomes an exercise of self-reflection which will help you reach the goals you’ve set out to accomplish when you first decided to be an entrepreneur.

Ultimately, following that gut feeling will help you turn the high notes of your career into a reality.

Getting Things Done Is Only Half the Story

Earning more money is something many people aspire to. Understandable, for having financial gains implies that your business is living and breathing. But is that all there is to it?

Despite profits increasing, you may come to realize that something is missing and begin craving for a meaningful objective. You want your work to have a purpose.

An apple tree can grow tall and mighty, but it must also bear fruit.

Having purpose is essential as it offers us a long-term vision of our goals. Many of us have been in this situation, where we lacked meaningful goals and clarity of purpose.

How do we go about solving this problem? We need to turn to ourselves and dare to set our goals higher. In other words, open yourself to the possibility of reaching higher targets.

That’s how you stand out and get noticed. Just like contestants on ‘the X factor’ and ‘The Voice’ or an opera singer in full flight, It’s the high notes that gets you noticed.

Reaching Your High Notes Has Never Been Closer

It will never be an easy trek, that is certain. As you progress, it will become increasingly reassuring to know that you are never by yourself.

As a business owner, a Musical Theatre performer, opera singer and a motivational speaker, I can tell you this. Reaching the high notes is not one act. Both in business and in singing it takes continuous work and practice to expand your range.

It takes purpose, action, resilience, self-belief and passion.

But it can be done and it will be worth it!


A serial entertainment entrepreneur, an Australian Event Awards ‘Entertainer of the Year’, a music theatre star and co-founder of the world’s most booked corporate entertainment act ‘The Three Waiters’, Darryl’s keynote presentation ‘Hitting the High Notes’ is a compelling story with walk-the-talk key take-home messages and is a ‘must see’ for conference attendees worldwide. He is a unique combination of entrepreneur, speaker and showman – a mesmerising blend of business smarts, engaging storytelling and live opera! It is a combination that has made Darryl one of Australia’s most in demand business and resilience speakers, headlining many Top 500 company conferences including the famed ‘Million Dollar Round Table’ in the USA.

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