CM Stories: Larry

Larry Hayes: Founder, Simple Path

One of the biggest mistakes we make in business – and in life – is waiting until everything is right. But when is life ever perfect? It’s never the right time, we’re never in the right location and we’re never in the right frame of mind. Most of us are incredibly good at talking ourselves out of right for fear of doing something wrong, myself included. It’s an unfortunate way to live and it’s bad for business.

photo-1429032021766-c6a53949594fCareer Masters reminded me that waiting for perfect was a waste of my precious time. The program asked me to take a moment to review my past, focus on the present and commit to my future. In doing so, I had to admit that I already had enough of what I needed. What I really had to do was dream – an activity that I hadn’t engaged in for a while. More importantly, Career Masters helped me to identify the things that I didn’t yet have (both emotional or physical) but that were important for my continued growth and success.

Baseball great Yogi Berra liked to say, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.” I thought I knew where I was headed. I’d spent years buying businesses, creating sustainable growth and selling them at a healthy profit. My career in the chemical distribution industry was incredibly rewarding. Some might say it was even perfect. Given the space to dream, however, I realized that I had more to give. I knew that I wanted to incorporate my love of business with my joy in seeing people succeed at their own endeavors. It was during this productive period of dreaming that I came up with a plan. Simple Path was born.

The Simple Path method asks would-be entrepreneurs to identify and describe their dream and then commit to working out a plan. The strategy forms the foundation for seeing an idea through to actual business. By working out the aspects of their ideas that aren’t perfect (or even remotely developed), entrepreneurs position their dreams for success.


I’m now in the exciting pilot phase of the Simple Path program – preparing to test my six step method inSix Steps a live online workshop – in late July. I don’t know if I’d have made it this far had I not committed to Career Masters. I didn’t realize it at the time but it was the right moment for me to gain insight and reestablish momentum. Just by allowing myself to dream and opening myself up to possibilities, I created space to focus on my idea of creating a program to help others build a business that thrives and a life that thrills. And I think this is perfect timing.


Are you ready to start your own business? “Of course I’m not – the timing isn’t perfect,” you say? That’s exactly why you should consider it. If you’re interested in joining the Simple Path 8-week pilot program – for free, if you accepted! – check out the application information here. For more information about Simple Path, visit my website.


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