No Difference

Growing up, I loved to read Shel Silverstein. His poem “No Difference” observes:

Small as a peanut,
Big as a giant,
We’re all the same size,
When we turn off the light

“But my business is different” is something I’ve heard many times from entrepreneurs. People who have experience building multiple companies across multiple industries will tell you that businesses are much more alike than they are different.

Once you “turn off the lights” (hint: focus on the numbers), there’s a lot to be learned from businesses that don’t look all that similar to yours on the surface.