There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “No prophet is accepted in his own hometown.”

This directly applies to your business. If there is more than one employee – and if you are the boss – listen to your employee or employees. They know more about your business than just about anyone else.

Businesses often pay outside consultants big sums of money to get advice that they could have received from inside their own ranks, if they had either asked or been humble enough to listen to what those people were already saying.

There is a sometimes correct assumption that you get what you pay for – when your employee gives advice, it’s not worth anything. Consider the value of your employees. Step back a bit and look at what they have to say, as if someone else were saying it.

You might be surprised.

And if you don’t have any employees, ask your spouse or partner. Or a good friend. They might also surprise you.

But there is always value to outside opinions, too. That’s what I’m here for.