Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious. ~Paul Valery
A few days ago, I posted this video about whether you are serious when it comes to your business. The point was that too many business “owners” aren’t really treating their business like, well, a business.
Instead, it’s a glorified hobby – one where they are not tracking key metrics, holding themselves to deadlines or consistently, systematically seeking clients. You know, some of the tried and true hallmarks of a business owner. No matter how un-glamorous they may seem, these basics are classic business activities that must be done.
That doesn’t mean that your business shouldn’t be fun. It doesn’t mean that you need to lose your passion and have all the energy sucked out of you by the “business-y” stuff. It doesn’t mean that you have to get all pinch-faced and start wearing a green eyeshade.
Some of the most energized, fun, engaging and exciting people I know are business owners who are not just running a business but who are building a legacy. These businesses are far more serious than what many small business owners intend to create (which is a nice income with some flexibility and a great group of customers) when you look at it in terms of the time, capital and creativity demands.
They can also be the most fulfilling thing that their owners have ever done. Being serious is about making solid plans, taking action and tweaking or changing to make it better. It’s about watching the metrics. It’s about getting the right people beside and behind you. It is NOT about losing the fun.
The Big Question:: What does “taking your business seriously” mean to you? If it’s about not having any fun, slaving away at a desk all day and missing life, you need a serious (pun intended) overhaul on your viewpoint. Challenge yourself to take your business seriously but not yourself as much. Look for the fun while you focus on the business success. Keep an eye on the store – while you wow the customers.
Being serious in what matters to your business success often means more progress in a shorter amount of time. Less spinning wheels, more solid traction. Less money woes, more newfound income. Less doubt, more confidence. In short, a quick recipe to make that business work.Pin It