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The Chutes and Ladders Guide to Business Success

Written By: Carol Roth | No Comments

Do you remember the board game of Chutes and Ladders?  I often feel like the path to success is very much like that.

Moving along through milestones in your business journey is like advancing a space on the Chutes and Ladders board. There are certain opportunities that can create a shortcut for you if you land on them at the right time.  When you find these individuals who help you, special opportunities to capitalize upon or some other opportunity to “jump ahead”, it’s much like taking the “ladder” on the game board.  You get to skip a few spaces, which is always enjoyable.

However, sometimes there are pitfalls.  Coincidentally (and often frustratingly), once in a while, the pitfalls may come from the same individuals or opportunities that were previously presented as a ladder. Those situations can send you spiraling down and backwards, just like the “chutes” knock you back a few spaces on the board. 

Then, you have to roll the dice to move ahead again.

The reality is that you can get to the end of the game board by just moving ahead space by space with each roll of the dice. You can also get lucky and catch a ladder to expedite your journey.  From time to time, you may also stumble through a pitfall and find yourself in a free fall backwards. However, if you remain determined and keep playing the game, you will get to the end.

You are in complete control of your own game by the virtue of being the one to decide if you should keep playing.  You may find help or a roadblock, a chute or a ladder, but you decide your own outcome.

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Carol Roth is a national media personality, ‘recovering’ investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is a judge on the Mark Burnett (Shark Tank, The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice) produced technology competition series, America's Greatest Makers, airing on TBS and Host of Microsoft's Office Small Business Academy show. Previously, Carol was the host and co-producer of The Noon Show, a current events talk show on WGN Radio, one of the top stations in the country, and a contributor to CNBC, as well as a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business and other stations. Carol's multimedia commentary covers business and the economy, current events, politics and pop culture topics. Carol has helped her clients complete more than $2 billion in capital raising and M&A transactions. She is a Top 100 Small Business Influencer (2011-2015) and has her own action figure. Twitter: @CarolJSRoth