The 365 Commitment

Day 157 – Revenue Solves All Problems

In the early days of my career, I found myself working at a company with a bustling call center. One particularly early morning, I arrived at the office to discover a salesperson, already hard at work in his cubicle. His unchanged attire from the day before led me to surmise he had labored through the night. Curious, I inquired about his marathon session. He shared a concept that would profoundly impact my perspective: “Revenue Solves All Problems.”

It’s crucial to note that he distinguished revenue growth from the notion that money alone brings happiness. He argued that while revenue growth could resolve issues, happiness and how one achieves it remain distinct matters. This principle has echoed in both my professional and personal life since then.

When I began managing my finances, I vividly remember the trepidation I felt opening a bank account with Wells Fargo, anxious about mismanaging my bills. I diligently balanced my checkbook monthly, agonizing over every penny. Once, I uncovered a minor billing error by Wells Fargo. Despite its insignificance, I spent hours on the phone and drafting letters to address it. Decades later, a class-action lawsuit settlement unexpectedly rewarded my diligence, yet this experience taught me an invaluable lesson: obsessing over every small financial detail was an enormous drain on my time and energy. It was then I chose to focus on earning more. “Revenue solves all problems,” became my mantra, leading me to abandon the practice of balancing a checkbook for the next thirty years.

My career eventually advanced to executive roles within large corporations. I recall a significant issue concerning expenses that arose, where I was tasked with reducing costs by implementing rigorous monitoring and approval processes for certain employees. This would undoubtedly entail a substantial amount of work. During a debate on this issue, I proposed a solution: what if I could increase sales by 2% this quarter? Would that allow us to bypass this cumbersome expense-cutting exercise? Despite initial hesitation, this question underscored a critical point—focusing on minor problems often diverts attention from opportunities for substantial revenue generation.

This mindset is essentially a variant of the growth mindset. It represents the belief in overcoming resource scarcity through proactive efforts to increase what is available, in contrast to the fixed mindset, which is preoccupied with conserving and rationing existing resources. Once more, the principle “Revenue Solves All Problems” comes into play, encouraging a focus on expansion and growth.

Now, you might argue that money isn’t the ultimate solution, nor does it guarantee happiness or fulfillment. I wholeheartedly agree. However, resolving financial problems often clears the path toward pursuing one’s desires and achieving a greater sense of fulfillment and happiness. In the realm of business, the maxim holds particularly true: consistent revenue generation is pivotal. It not only addresses problems but also satisfies investors and shareholders, contributing to a cycle of growth and success.

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Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
1 month ago

”Revenue Solves All Problems”….exactly (so long as the ‘problem’ is fiduciary in nature)!

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