At the end of the day, we all have a mess in our businesses and our lives. The question becomes who do we share what parts of that mess with when it comes to our business. As the owner of a small business it’s likely you will go months or years without having to Present yourself or share your story.
Do you ever feel like a fraud? Or do you worry that “they’re” going to figure out that I don’t belong or that I didn’t earn this? There are hundreds of these types of questions you might be wrestling with. For some business owners we find these thoughts will often dominate their day-to-day interactions. Other business owners have done a good enough job over the years of either ignoring most of these voices or they have found ways to quiet the voices so they aren’t distracting or even paralyzing.
For those unfamiliar with the term “third rail” we’ve including a link below talking about it’s definition in politics. The metaphor comes from the high-voltage third rail in some electric railway systems. Touching that third rail often results in electrocution so most folks don’t live to tell about it.
OK, enough talk about what damage or bad things COVID-19 has caused. We wanted to take some time during today’s show to reflect on all the wonderful things that have come out of the past year plus of this pandemic. We wanted to highlight some of the great things we’ve noticed during this time both from a personal as well as a business standpoint.
“Nobody puts Baby in a corner!” If you’ve ever seen the movie Dirty Dancing, then you can picture the scene with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Well we’ve heard versions of this line with the same emotion and passion. But instead of talking about corners the business owner is talking about “Don’t push me out of my company!” We see it all the time with sports as well. Maybe you’ve seen an aging athlete on your favorite team not quite ready to give it up yet.
One of the things we fight in our day jobs as business coaches is the never ending poor advice given to small business owners. Perhaps the biggest offense with this advice is folks talking about business plans. It might sound something like, “All you need is a business plan to get started.” Well intentioned advice. But what does this really mean?