A few years back we produced our SCALE Manifesto™ to share with our clients, partners and the wider world, the way we Think, Act and Behave. Not only does it give us internal clarity, but it demonstrates what people can expect from us.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seemed fitting today to share one of them:
“Love what you do”
As a fellow business owner, I know first-hand how rewarding running your own business and being your own boss can be: the flexibility, creativity, freedom, legacy …. the list goes on.
BUT it can also be overwhelming, frustrating, stressful and very, very lonely.
One of the chapters in my book I don’t work Fridays talks about natural talent, and how that natural talent alone will rarely be enough to get anyone to their goals. You know more than anyone that you need to work hard to achieve anything in life.
When I talk to business owners, I always start with trying to understand WHY they setup and started their own business in the first place.
Some give an immediate, direct answer, describing their goals succinctly, along with their ambitions and tropical island retirement plans.
But most skirt around the edges of the start of their journey, drift off a little into the immediate future for a while, and then arrive back at describing the functions of running their business.
They’ve lost sight, got thrown off track along the way. Undoubtedly had challenging times (who doesn’t?), got through them but seem to be stuck in a rut and running around like a headless chicken.
Once we delve deeper, the emotions come out because either no one has ever asked them this question, or they’ve simply forgotten.