Lou Ludwig Success Tips: You Run a Business With the End in Mind

You Run a Business With the End in Mind

You Run a Business With the End in Mind

“You read a book from the beginning to end. You run a

business the opposite way. You start with the end in

mind and then you everything

you must do to reach it.”

Harold Geneen, industrialist  


As I see it. . . . . . . .

You run a business with the end in mind


Success is like a vacation they both have a common trait . . . .  You have to plan your destination for your business before you start your success journey. If you expect to successfully arrive at your destination on a vacation.


When a business is operating without a plan with the end in mind . . . . The business is operation without a clear purpose . . . . it lacks the goals to create a successful business model.


The key is that before you start a vacation you know your destination . . . . A business to be successful has to have a plan and a destination that business plans to move in . . . . and a clear set of goals and objectives that the business plans on achieving.


Once you know where you want to go . . . .  and what you want to accomplish. Make specific plans to get you to your destination. And create the written goals and objective to give you a road map to keep you on the course to get there.


You run a business with the end in mind . . . . The start of every success journey starts with the end in mind . . . .  When you know your objective you create the road map to achieve your desired outcome.


©2014 Lou Ludwig Motivational Power Quote, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author





Comment balloon 14 commentsLou Ludwig • August 27 2014 08:10PM


Hey Lou,

Begin with the end in mind...that is how I started the year.   I take time each day to think about my vision (my end) for the year 2014!  Great post.

Best of GREAT success to you in 2014!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) over 4 years ago

Hi Lou -- it's all about the visualization of your plan.  The right execution and a clear path can bring the right results.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 4 years ago

You have to know where you are going. Otherwise if you just hope in the car you end up somewhere just not where you wanted to go. 

Posted by Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa (Maricopa Real Estate Co) over 4 years ago

Good morning Lou. How very true, much too often there is no plane for the end game. There should always be a beginning, middle and end plan for most everything we do.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

Lou, never take your eyes off the objective. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!



Posted by Nicholas Costantino, CRS, ASP, e-Pro (Engel & Völkers ) over 4 years ago

Thanks so much for another outstanding blog. So many real estate agents fail to identify their planned destination.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

Hi Lou - the vacation analogy is perfect in this article.  Knowing where we want to end up in business allows us to plan effectively.

Posted by ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC) over 4 years ago

True! This is why we build the exit strategy into the business plan. See here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4469668/what-is-the-billion-dollar-agent-company-vision-

Posted by Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance (BEST AGENT BUSINESS) over 4 years ago

Definition of business has profit in it - and for profit, one needs to plan!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 4 years ago

Hi Lou,

Thank you for putting me back on track. To succeed, there must be a plan followed by a goal. Otherwise, the business is running in all directions and eventually starts going round and round without ever reaching the final destination.

Now that you brought up vacation...I am due for a long vacation. I better start planning.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 4 years ago

Having a long term vision, is necessary.  Marriages should not start out like, "Let's give this marriage a few years and if it does not work out...." and neither should starting a business.

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale (Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC) over 4 years ago

Good morning, Lou... what a great post...but I don't ever remember reading one from you that was not..... thanks

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 4 years ago

Good morning Lou,

Loved your post this morning as you do have to have an end in mind if you know where you are going. There can be detours along the way but an end must be planned if you are going to achieve your goals!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 4 years ago