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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The Ethics of Business

business-ethics200Do the ethics people apply to running their business interrelate with how they manage their lives?

Before I answer this question concerning ethics and business, allow me to point out one important piece of information about business or owning a business. The word business does not strictly relate to transacting commerce, though it does not exclude commerce or capital. Business in its basic meaning is a set of tasks or important things that somebody has to do or deal with, and/or personal responsibilities and concerns. As such, business can relate to owning and running your own company, as much as it does with managing the affairs of a family.


Ethics is a system of moral standards or principles which are the filters whereby people manage their conduct. Therefore, everything a person does is expressed through a moral consciousness of what is good, bad, or indifferent. I think this is important to know so when the readers answer this question, they do not answer from the standpoint of the 11.2 percent of the United States population, who own and run their own businesses as though they can leave themselves out of the equation.

Now, the question asked at the beginning of this article was, ‘Do the ethics people apply to running their business interrelate with how they manage their lives?’

To answer this question correctly, I will first give some insight. There are three important components which epitomize your life. They are uniquely interrelated and cannot be separated when employed. In fact, they harmonize and are inseparable like water and wet, or words and meanings. Neither of these can be executed or expressed without the other. The three components I’m referring to are time, energy, and money. These balance or set off the totality of a person’s life. And, may I include; ethics has everything to do with this powerful quintessential of life.

Time is not life, but life is comprised of it. Energy is not life; however, life cannot be sustained without it. Money is not life, but it is the bartering tool you exchange facets of your life for. What exactly do you mean Dr. Brown? Your present life is the computation of time indicated by seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. In fact, without time, human life, with the inclusion of all vegetation and other living organisms, would cease in this world because life is time.

Energy is vital for life because life is energy. From molecules to atoms and sub-atoms, all are intercreative and synergistically designed to support and sustain the ecosystem and natural balance of life. Therefore, your life is your strength and energy. Without energy, organisms cannot exist on planet Earth.

The last portion of my explanation may be initially confusing because you may think, ‘What does money have to do with life?’ Let me ease your mind, I am not suggesting your life cannot exist without money; however, in this world money is the result and representation of your time and energy.

When you have a job, it’s not just for show, but it determines the lifestyle you decide to live. Ethics helps you to properly manage your money. I believe strongly that the ethics you live your life by are the standards in which you truly govern your life. Although money helps you to govern your lifestyle, it also translates to how you perform in business and the business of your family.

So to the question “Do the ethics people apply to running their business interrelate with how they manage their lives?” my answer is…the answer is in the question.

Recommended Reading:

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What is the quality of your work?

The Bible teaches us that Jesus was the son of a carpenter; and usually during the days of antiquity, sons would mirror the labor habits of their fathers. No doubt, Jesus mimicked the trade of His father, Joseph. Some scholars teach that Jesus’ carpentry skill was that He actually designed and made furniture. Whether He built furniture or homes is not relevant to my point. My aim is to point out the fact that His work had to be of the highest quality, which seems to be missing among contractors today. Since I have dealt with contractors and subcontractors for a number of years, I see a common thread that seems to lump at least ninety percent of the contractors in the same pile. A lack of quality and meticulousness goes into the products of many of these builders because somewhere along the line, many were taught to cut corners. Because Jesus was a man of ethics, everything He did was ethical and He was forthright in dealing with His customers. I have seen apparent flaws in the work of many builders at these construction sites and when asked about the flaw, they simply explain them away or say that the finishers will cover it up and you will never know the difference. But that is to the contrary. If I have seen the flaws in the framing of a house, then I am fully aware of what the sheetrock is covering up. Every builder can make a house look good on the outside, but it is what’s on the inside that determines the longevity of the house. The integrity of a house is not in how it looks on the outside, but rather how it is built on the inside. The Bible informs us that God said, “…man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” Refuse to be a person who cuts corners and works fast, but rather a person who does something right the first time so that it does not have to be done again.