It takes courage, grit and determination to start a successful business. It also takes a bit of blind confidence…if not a touch of madness.

Given these most common traits of entrepreneurs, they may have the tendency to develop blind spots. In short, business owners often don’t know what they don’t know.

If you’re an entrepreneur, how can you protect yourself from these blind spots?

Find out in my new 3 minute video.

Action Steps:

  1. Listen. When you talk, you’re depriving yourself of the opportunity to learn from others. Make it a point to be quiet and listen to what other people have to say.
  2. Create systems to collect employee feedback.
  3. Find a business coach. Your favorite team doesn’t go without a coach. Neither should your business.
  4. Make time for quiet time at least once a day.
  5. Please share your thoughts in the comments section on this page.


  1. Listening and quiet time are closely related. When you let other people talk, you will find they have things to teach you. When you make time for quiet time, you’ll find the quiet has things to teach you, too.
  2. Your employees know your blind spots. They know all about your “unknown unknowns.” Listening to them will keep you from getting broadsided by the things you don’t know you don’t know.
  3. Coach > Accountability Partner. An accountability partner will default to being your friend when things get tough. A coach will get tough with you when things get tough. It’s the extra push that makes all the difference.

Tired of having to repeat yourself to employees? Dave will show you how to get your team to pay attention, follow through, and do things right! Improve Accountability with a free copy from Dave’s mini-book, SAM: The Entrepreneur’s Sidekick, by clicking here.