I was texting one of my friends from Reno this morning about business and the struggles of growing businesses in today's society of being mostly online, via email, social media, podcasts, YouTube videos...etc., and, as always...it got me thinking.
Everyone who has a job is trying to make money. THAT is a no-brainer. Entrepreneurs generally have more invested in our work, not only because we are trying to make money, we are nurturing and growing our own business, we have invested our precious time creating a product or service spending countless hours trying to promote them on shoestring budgets. We don't have a marketing team to come up with promos, catchy slogans, photo shoots of products or services, etc., it's just us and resourcefulness, which oftentimes becomes discouraging, tiresome, frustrating, and even burdensome. The important thing though is NOT making the money. It's happiness!
Making money is one thing, but letting money make YOU will destroy you. If you're always chasing the Benjamins and prospective clients, you'll never catch them. As the saying goes, "he who chases two rabbits catches neither", meaning you can't chase money AND happiness at the same time. Happiness is THE most important thing in life and it's not something you find, it's something you are even during the most difficult or challenging times in life. Happiness comes from enjoying the journey of creating yourself, your life, your relationships, and/or your business.
Happiness comes from within; it's not an outside feeling, it's a way of being. When you are building a life, a business, a relationship that people may not approve of or support, you WILL hear things like, that's a bad idea, it'll never work, it's a pipe-dream, no one will use this, you're not focused enough to make this work, etc. That's okay! Let them say or think those things. Just don't let them penetrate your Armour. Keep the people close to you that support you because once you reach your goals, you're going to appreciate the people who stuck by you and said, "remember when we were starving?" "Remember that first time we failed?" "Remember when they said we would never make it work?" Those are the people you take with you on your journey and the people that you make lasting/loving memories with. Keep the people in your life that when thinks fall apart, they say "Wow! That was an epic fail...how can we fix that?" "How can we do it better?" Those are the people you NEED in your corner. Money can't buy the stories and memories that are created along your journey and it's them memories and stories that you look back on happily and fondly.
I am a writer and also a contributor for Influencing Entrepreneur Magazine. I am, and have been, a small business owner since 2008 striving to help those job seekers who need to amp up their pre-employment documents such as Cover Letters and Resumes, provide interview tips and tricks, interview [...]