Have You’ve Been Right Or Wrong About Starting Your Business?

Did you start your business for the right reasons?  Were you thinking of the impact you could have on others by becoming your own boss?  Did you sit down and think about how your company could one day change the world by first making small steps in improving the community around it?

Why is that so many thought leaders and experts believe that if you start your business without the consideration of a universal perspective, your business will fail?  What is the belief that a selfish (to some) goal, leads to failure and disappointment?  Do we need to give a little to gain a lot, or has that become a misnomer and an urban business legend?  What are these supposed “right reasons” we need to adhere to in order to be successful?

I enjoy reading articles from people who know better than I about what it takes to be successful.  Their insights, their experiences are both honest and helpful when we want to reflect on our business models and measure how far we’ve come and what we can do to go further.  But when I hear these same experts say that those starting their businesses for the wrong reasons are doomed to fail, it makes me question their authority on the right to judge someone’s inner mission.  Saying someone has started their business for the wrong reason is the equivalent of saying someone is going to work for the wrong reasons.    Most people I know who go to work for someone else, work to pay the bills, to keep a roof over their heads and keep their families fed.  Are those wrong reasons?  Should they always be focused on advancing their career and making themselves available to their employer 24/7?  What about those same families they’re trying to keep clothed and fed?  Should they get neglected for the bread winner?

Maybe some of us believed we could earn more money by starting our business.  Maybe we believed that we could have more control or freedom over our lives without clocking into someone else’s schedule.   Yes, those are selfish reasons, but they’re our reasons.  And yet we have a few high and mighty saying we’re going about it the wrong way.  What if they’re not reasons, but rather motivators? Personal motivators that remind us to keeps opening our doors and answering calls.  It’s not easy to run our business. We already know that.   And yet, we need motivators every now and then to keep us going.   Material things shouldn’t bind us to our goals and dreams, but we shouldn’t be prohibited from wanting them either.

We all have our reasons why we started our businesses.  And no matter why we started them, it should matter more how we operate those business than that the initial agenda behind them.  After all, businesses morph, expand, decrease — they go through a series of ups, downs and  changes.  It called growth.  And although we might start off on the wrong foot, doesn’t mean we’ll stay there.



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