Those of us who are business owners, our main objective is to create a successful profitable enterprise. With this we all want a lot of both the same and different results and outcomes from our businesses. We first and foremost want to utilize the business to create wealth. We want steady cash flow, great customers, and an empowered team that we can consistently count on.
Understand that our business is really the stepping stone of what we really want. This want may be the same or different for all of us. It may be to provide our family some of the luxuries that we didn’t have when we were younger. It may be to create jobs for others. It may be to simply create the income to buy a boat or a second home. It may be to generate extra millions for a special charity or cause. It just may be all of the above or it could be any reason of what’s truly important to us. Any way you look at it – it’s all about getting all of what you want.
There’s a great scene in the film “Jerry Maguire” where Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character, Rod Tidwell a football player, explains to his agent, Tom Cruise’s character, Jerry Maquire, what “quan” is. He tells him that quan is more than just “coin”. It’s about love and respect AND money.
Let me take you back to the scene in the movie of where the conversation of “quan” comes to play.
Jerry Maguire: “Quan, that’s your word?”
Rod Tidwell: “Yeah man, that’s my word… some dudes will have the coin, but they will never have the quan.”
Jerry Maguire: “But, what’s the quan”?
Rod Tidwell: “It means love, respect, community… and the dollars too. The entire package. The Quan!”
Jerry Maguire: “Great word.”
Hopefully you have all seen the movie, if you haven’t I strongly recommend it. However, so what’s the “Quan” in your business? Take account of everything you want for and from your business. What do you want for yourself as the owner? What do you want for your team, your customers and your family? Are you settling or are you after your “Quan”?
To me, “Quan” represents a fulfilling life and career. It doesn’t mean just making more money. It means running on all cylinders in every area of my business and life. It means being complete. I also believe that education is a component that brings us closer to our quan. It makes quan possible.
In the movie, Jerry and Rod as a relationship had their ups and downs. Jerry at one point pleads with Rod “Help me… help you. Help me, help you.” As he is trying hard to get Rod to take the necessary action to get him what he truly wants, the “Quan.”
Rod, being Jerry’s only client tells him, “I’m sticking with you, and if I have to ride your *** like Zorro, you’re gonna show me the money.” In the end, Rod has his ah ha moment and Jerry gets to show him the money. A win/win result!
When being interviewed on ESPN, Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character calls his agent his “ambassador of quan”.
I believe that as a coach, I am actually the Ambassador of Quan for my clients. We will have our ups and downs, however in the end it’s a win/win for us both.
So, the question lies, “Who’s your “ambassador of quan”.