What Everybody Ought To Know About What It Cost To Be The Boss

Cost to be the boss textI’m writing this blog for those who are not your everyday, typical entrepreneurs who are caught up with the thought of just having a business, but rather for those who view themselves as a dream seeker and a game changer—ready to make a profound impact on the world.

In order to make an impact on today’s society, it will require more than just having an idea. You’ve heard the old cliché, “Ideas are a dime a dozen,” but I say the one who does whatever it takes to transport that idea into reality will make millions. For this to happen, it requires out-of-the-box thinking and actions with radical strategic moves that will distinguish you from the slew of professional dreamers that talk a good game. With more than 7 billion people on this planet, what makes you and your dream different? What makes what you do any different from the next person? Is it how you do it or is it how you sell it?

Most people think they can easily start and efficiently run a successful business, but I will tell you that to become a power player in this highly aggressive and competitive market or to become an achievement magnate does not begin with the simple launch of a business concept. No, it begins with the cultivation of your mind and will. You have to be absolutely certain that being in business is not only what you want to do, but that it is in your DNA to own and operate your own dream business. I strongly believed that the potential to start and run a business was placed within me by my Creator before I was born. However, to harness and develop this rare intrinsic quality didn’t come without listening to several business midwives to help birth this ability.

Do you believe God wants you in business? I can tell you that God does want some of you in business for yourself, but not by yourself. God wants to help you to succeed in business. Don’t give in to this false notion that God is not interested in business. This is far from the truth. To own and operate a business helps to serve your community by providing goods and services. If God is concerned with business ethics, then He is concerned about business. Christians have to understand this as well as anyone else.

Being your own boss sounds attractive until you realize what it all entails. You must be mentally and somewhat physically prepared to work long hours. Your family has to already be balanced and mentally sure of your devotion to them before entering the business world. The daily demands of running your own business and the constant unpredictable situations that will most likely arise can overtake your life, and cause the lines between home and work to become vague.

However, if running your own business is what you really want and you are fully aware of the cost—go for it! Considering the nature of most businesses, you may have to give up most of your evenings and possibly weekends. Many business owners use their evenings and some weekends to catch up on admin work, which can be tedious and exhausting.

In order to start and get your business rolling, it will demand a lot of your attention. Despite all your planning, the unexpected is sure to pop up. So, don’t expect time off like those who work a regular job. Many people who work for themselves cannot afford to take three to four weeks of vacation holiday each year, especially in the first several years. You might have to give up social activities you enjoy, for a time, at least, and use that time to mingle at city Chamber meetings. Friends and family might not get to see you as much as you or they would like. This is why having a secure relationship with your spouse is paramount because he or she can so easily give in to feeling neglected. You will have to manage your time wisely, so that when you are with your family, you will give them your undivided attention.

Are you ready to pay the cost? If so, there are other costs that come into play in order to be the boss. It’s easy to get carried away with the attractive characteristics of starting and owning a successful business, but the reality is, you will most likely have to wear more than one hat as the owner. You must be prepared to be the receptionist, assistant, delivery person, and the janitor. Without question, success only comes at a premium. To integrate mind adjustment principles, along with business savvy will make you unstoppable in both your life and your business. To help you do it, let me first walk you through the journey of an entrepreneur.

Look for my blog next week as we journey through this process of WHAT EVERYBODY OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT IT COST TO BE THE BOSS. Click below to buy my book Unexpected Treasures as a foundation to help you discover your hidden treasures.

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Increasing Your Value Without Lowering Your Quality

value-post-200What part of you do you believe you value the most—the outward appearance or the inward qualities? If you were a product or merchandise, would you be worth selling to your high-end clients? Do you consider yourself a rare piece of fine art whose price is non-negotiable?

While living in this highly technological culture, along with its groundbreaking medical cures and research, new advancement in plastic surgery and scientific breakthroughs, people are less concerned with character than they are with appearance. Just think; if you don’t like your weight, gastric bypass or one of the other ways to get around eating healthy and daily exercise is available. If you think your lips are too thin, apply a small dosage of collagen to fatten them up. Or if your hair is not long enough or full enough, there are weaves, extensions and other hair and scalp products that makes people question if what is on the head is real or not.

The American business industry aggressively pushes commercials and advertising on their viewership suggesting that external appearance is far more important than inner qualities. Therefore, it is no small wonder why companies, inventors, and the clothing industry are spending billions annually while making a mad dash to either steer mainstream values or create new ways to feed the ‘Me’ culture. The ‘Me’ culture is nothing but a masking of the ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ tradition.

But what about the spiritual qualities that allows a person to have a sense of mental stability? Do real inner qualities matter in today’s society where people are more concerned with breaking the rules to get ahead? Obviously, this is a dog-eat-dog culture where the weak are swallowed up and the strong are mastered by the rich. However, everyone doesn’t live their lives or conduct business like most people today who believe the bottom line is money exclusively.

In the movie Jerry Maguire, Jerry was a model sports agent, eager to do just about anything he could to get the largest possible contracts for his clients, with of course, a nice commission for himself. Until, one day, he suddenly has qualms about what he’s actually doing. When he voices these misgivings in writing, he eventually loses his job and all of his clients are stripped from him, leaving him with a secretary who believes in what he’s doing, and Rod Tidwell, a football player who he hopes will show as much of his heart on the football field as he does for his family. Jerry then looks to resurrect his career while still staying true to himself.

Yes, we are all a product or merchandise that has value. Daily, we exchange portions of our intellect, time, and energy for a wage or salary. Each individual makes their own determination of how much money they will agree to accept in exchange for their abilities. However, what I may personally agree to for a wage doesn’t determine my intrinsic value. A 1960’s Zenith television commercial slogan was, “The quality goes in before the name goes on.” Placing more value on the inside, personally determines the value externally.

Look at building your business with character to attract quality customers whose purchasing power will remain, rather than building the appearance only which contains no substance. Build your family with qualities that creates stability and produce off-spring with good character. Establish relationships that are not predicated on what you can give to each other, but what you can be to one another.

What would you rather have as a business owner, the ability to attract 5,000 customers in a week to buy your product that you know has no real substance, or 500 customers who love your product and service, and who go out and tell their friends about it? In the long run, you will eventually turn 500 happy customers into 500,000 customers over time. Intrinsic qualities will prove to be far more lucrative than outer appearances.

After removing the cosmetics and putting on a few extra pounds, will your spouse want what you use to be or will they still be in love with who you truly are. The quality truly must go in before you think about placing yourself on the market. Remember, all that glitter’s is not gold!

Recommended Reading:

I frequently say, “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers.” I strongly believe this statement; therefore, I have taken the time to recommend reading material that I believe will greatly benefit your life and business endeavors. Click the images to see more information or to order the books from Amazon.com.

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Building the Life of Your Dreams

Low standards will always equate to poor quality.

~ Dr. Mikel Brown

your-dreamsAre you overscheduled and under rested? You can improve the quality of your life with the right strategies to free up time for what you really want to do. There are different ways to overcome goal-challenging weariness and accomplish your objectives, which may seem like shortcuts to reach your goals. However, they really aren’t shortcuts at all. These so-called shortcuts are simply better avenues and methods of doing something when you were originally using the long version or the wrong technique.

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Standing Still or Moving On

Standing Still or Moving
Standing Still or Moving On?
In February of nineteen hundred and eighty-four, I made one of the most important decisions of my life. I decided to walk away, and never return, from a people who were generally pessimistic. After careful consideration, I felt I had no choice but to walk away from those who had an unproductive philosophy that kept me struggling and mystified. Only then, was I able to comprehend the length, breadth, and height of my decision. If you have a desire to achieve anything of significance, you have to disallow your life to be circumscribed by people who are stuck in mediocrity and have no desire to move beyond it. They may be good people; they are just not good for you.

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