Be more than your business
Businesses come and go — what you are doing today is unlikely to be what you will be doing in ten years’ time. You are the most significant asset in your life and it is important to realise this.
I encounter a lot of people who become their business — it is everything, from their waking moment in the morning to their last thought at night (and often it fills their dreams). When they no longer have this business their life falls apart.
They don’t know what to do, their life feels the empty and dissatisfaction and depression can set in.
Look at the lives of a few high - profile entrepreneurs. Rarely do they have only one business interest. They may start new businesses, sell old ones, go broke in some, do a joint venture with others — they are not attached to one business.
They are passionate about what they do but they realise they are the resource and the skill centre used to make the other businesses work. They are more than any of the businesses that they own.
Whatever you are doing, there is life after yo ur current business. For this reason, you need to be more than your business. You need to have more substance, more interests, more beliefs and more of a long-term view about how you fit into your business life. Don’t let your business consume or control you-you are in the driving seat, not the other way around.
What can you do today?
Ponder this thought — what would you do if you got a letter in the mail that said you have to close down your business in 24 hours?
How would you cope, what would you do next?
An interesting situation to spend a few minutes considering.