Confession: Sometimes, I feel like I have. In the beginning, when you're a brand new business owner, you gotta do everything yourself. You are the company.You flatter the clients, balance the books, pay the bills and mop the floors. In fact, you can predict a person’s chances of success simply by looking at the list of things they are (and aren’t) willing to do for the business in its early, delicate days. And it's also true that if you treat the small things with as much care and dedication and love as the big ones, this new business of yours has a good chance of survival..But survival and growth are two different things.As the years rush past you, the hardest decision you will ever make is to fire yourself.The longer you go on doing everything alone, the harder it it gets to let go of your old job description. But if you want to grow, you have to accept that the skills which brought you here are not going to take you to the next level. I know. It's not easy.You have to learn how to hand over important, high-value work to your team-mates and free yourself to focus on building the next big thing, whether it's within your current business, or in a completely new one..You cannot micromanage your way to growth.When should your company start to walk on its own two feet without your constant intervention? Look out for these three warning signs:You have become so overwhelmed by the daily routine that you have no time, energy or mental bandwidth to focus on the future.You feel totally alone, with nobody to challenge your thinking because only you have the answers (or so you think). You slowly realise that you hired most of your staff just for show.You begin to derive fewer and fewer moments of genuine enjoyment and fulfillment when running your business. You regularly feel a desire to escape, but you don't know where to go..Does any of this sound familiar? You can change course and transform yourself from a one-man band (surrounded by yes-men) to the leader of a high-growth business.This fundamental change must happen now because:Your mental and physical health is at riskA business that is not growing... is actually slowly dyingYou have invested too much time already, just to give up now, at the last hurdle, when you finally have a real chance of real success..STEP ONE:Draw the lines of responsibilityReserve your time and attention for those few things that only you can accomplish. Right now, you falsely believe that you're the only one in the building who can get things done.That's a lie, and it's coming from your own ego. Your ego will keep you poor..STEP TWO:Hire aheadIf growth is what you’ve always wanted, stop acting in ways which directly inhibit you from getting it. Hire only those who can grow with the company and understand your long term goals. This means people with the conceivable ability to handle tomorrow’s challenges – not just today’s to-do list..STEP THREE:Set the toneYou are not running a holiday camp. Set clear goals and responsibilities for each new position from the beginning, and make sure each person you hire understands how they are contributing to building the future. Remember: you are mapping out the exciting next stage of your company’s growth. Who can help you drive this process, and who cannot?.STEP FOUR:Empower your best peopleToo many companies require the owner's approval to get anything done. If you don’t trust your employees to make small decisions, why did you hire them in the first place? Promote your best and brightest. Then build the systems and feedback loops which will hold your new middle management directly responsible for their results..By gradually firing yourself, you will finally get what you wanted all along. What you were aiming for when you started the business in the first place: true personal independence -- and a chance at sustainable, long-term wealth creation. Over time, you will also build a valued team of people you can trust with your life. Tell me how you feel. I’d love to hear all about it. Your friend.