Are all hands on deck?
Ahoy mates. All hands on deck. Well, maybe not “ALL.” This is one of my absolute favorite quotes. “Make sure everyone in your boat is rowing and not drilling holes when you’re not looking.” But I wish I knew who said it first. And you’ll most likely see me (or hear me) use it again and again. Because there are many times when owning a business can feel like rowing upstream. You certainly don’t need the added headaches of someone drilling holes in your boat. Right?
Yeah, all hands on deck except for the doubters.
You’re always gonna have doubters. Sure as the sun is yellow. Or is it really some other color and we’ve just been trained, through our culture, to believe it’s yellow. See? That’s how doubters try to sneak into your brain. So, here’s what you do. Send your doubters somewhere else. You’ve got work to do.
Starting your own business takes courage. And that means you need…no, you absolutely require, only people around you who will support you.
No, they don’t have to be as passionate about your business as you. But they DO need the skills and willingness to stick by you through thick and thin. And be there to listen and encourage.
Your own business is sorta like your own child.
You had the idea. And you brought it to life. And you nurture it so it’ll grow. Because you want it to be able to stand on its own two feet. And make something of itself.
But then, along come the doubters. The ones who, when you hit a bump in the road, are ready to give up. And since they can’t go on, they want you to give up, too. After all, what if you succeed and make them look bad for doubting?
Doubters don’t see how your business is a part of you. They just see it as an idea you try as long as everything is easy. But they forget about the old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” They just wanna let go.
This all came up in one of my recent client meetings. The business owner’s wife doesn’t understand his passion for building his business. And it’s nearly crippling his productivity and success. He’s torn between consistently explaining his efforts to her and focusing on day-to-day business chores.
That’s part of why it’s so important to build your business to be more independent and self sufficient. Then it won’t consume you and your time. It’ll only consume the doubters. And with a proven system you’ll build your business better and faster. And that means you’ll have more time with those closest to you.
I don’t doubt it a bit.
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