If you want to get shit done, surround yourself with others who get shit done. The EO is filled with masterminds, people “of great intelligence or executive talent, especially [those who] direct an undertaking.” Having access to people from a variety of industries who know more than I do in their areas of expertise allows me to learn from their experience and adjust my perspective, when needed.
EO sounded like it would be fun, so I joined. And it seemed like fun, until I showed up early one morning to be trained for forum with Nick as the trainer.
There were 10 of us in the room when Nick locked the door. He immediately started talking to us about how being vulnerable is a key to success in EO …and in life. I had already made it 60 years without usually being vulnerable, and was definitely not thinking of myself as the “vulnerable” type. I felt really uncomfortable listening. After about 15 minutes I started looking at the door, and planning how I was going to nicely ease myself out of this uncomfortable room and through that door.
My EO Experience by Mark Borge
“It would be interesting to see how you would respond in an environment where you could be challenged” said my wife as we discussed the idea of me becoming a member of The Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO). Julie has a history of being right about these things, and it made sense that in order to for me to go places I haven’t gone before I’d need to pry myself out of a familiar comfort zone into new territories.
After exiting a company he owned in a different industry, Mark Borge decided to go into the building service contracting business with his longtime friend Steve Nobles. “The dynamics of what he described when talking about the janitorial model he had experienced made sense to me, so we literally drew up an initial launch plan while sitting at his kitchen table.” The two went on to co-found Best Facility Services in 2004 and never looked back.
Here, Mark talks about traits he looks for in future employees as well as the best advice he’s received in his career.
“If you simply do what you say you are going to do, you are among the upper percentile in any industry.”