As a small business owner the almighty buck stops with one person; you. The fact is, whether you’re in business at home and work alone or you have a small team of people supporting you, when challenges arise and solutions need to be found the task of finding new solutions and putting them into effect falls on your shoulders and your shoulders alone.
Many small business owners relish this fact, to be sure. Knowing that they are the ultimate decision-maker for their business gives many entrepreneurs a great deal of satisfaction and pride. Indeed, many small business owners wouldn’t have it any other way. Being the boss means being able to make decisions, make your own hours and do things your way rather than having to follow orders and do things the way someone else wants them to be done. There is a certain freedom to be able to run things exactly the way that you want.
The downside, of course, is that there is no one to fall back on and, if you make a mistake as a small business owner, there’s no one to blame but yourself. If you know your business well and you’re confident in your decision-making abilities, this is not as big a problem as it may seem.
Inevitably however there will be days when it seems like nothing goes right and you feel like throwing your hands up in despair and just giving up.
And those, of course, are the days that you need to be the strongest and have the most resolve. On those days that nothing seems to be going right, customers are complaining, deliveries are late, employees are goofing off or calling out sick (and all those other fun little situations that inevitably arise) you, the small business owner, need to be resolute and realise that “ this too shall pass”.
The fact is, as an entrepreneur you are a different breed of person. You are the kind of guy or gal that gets up before everyone else and starts your day while the competition is still asleep. You are the person that did your due diligence, put in the hours and sweated through those early days when money was tight and customers were few. Unlike the vast majority of workers, you decided to forge ahead on your own, make your own path and create something from scratch with your own hands.
For you, giving up is simply not an option. You’ve put too much energy, too much effort and too much of your blood, sweat and tears into your business to let a few problems get you down. Besides that, if you’re like most entrepreneurs the thought of giving up probably makes you a little bit sick to your stomach, especially when you consider that the alternative is to go back and rejoin the rat race.
So, when things are looking a little grim and that little ‘negative Nancy’ in the back of your head is telling you to throw in the towel, remember the fact that you are a true trailblazer, one of the people on which whose backs this great country of ours was built. For you, doing things the way the rest of the crowd does them has never been an option and giving up isn’t an option as well. So chin-up, grit your teeth a little if you have to, but never give up.
You know in your heart that you just weren’t built that way.
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