Who Owns Your Business

Do you own your business or does it own you?’ I’m not entirely sure where, why or how that question was at the fore of my mind as I awoke a few mornings ago. There’s no doubt it’s something I think a decent bit about as I embark on year number two in the adventures of flying solo. In that question ‘own‘ has come to mean to me, what has my attention – not just mentally but emotionally, physically and spiritually. In short its about something becoming all-consuming with no margin to spare.

Several years ago I tried my hand running my own business. Initially it was exciting and exhilarating. That soon wore off as mounting responsibilities and pressures to produce got the best of me. I found myself working endless hours and it seemed I was never ‘getting ahead.’ In the process I suffered and as a result those around me did as well. I was no good to no one and all but absent in many respects to those closest to me. During that period of time I became the poster child for a business owning me and not the other way around as it should be. Everything work related quickly became a part of the ‘tyranny of the urgent’.

Just to clarify, I am well aware that entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. It requires a heavy investment of time, hard work, energy and so forth that is if you’re serious about making a legitimate run at making it work. In addition to that I would surmise that most successful entrepreneurs would say that there must be a balance in it all…’all work and no play make Jack a dull boy‘. A couple of words come to mind – discipline and boundaries. As Kenny Rogers once so eloquently sung, ‘you gotta know when to…(insert push hard and drive and know when to pull back and just stop). It’s a delicate balancing act that requires much introspection and self-examination carried out with a high degree of consistency. There are seasons of ‘going’ and seasons of ‘stopping’.

It all begs the question – ‘does how I am running this business lead to sustainability and longetivity?

So, I pose the question to you? Are you pushing too hard, slacking too much or have you found a good, balanced stride?

Are you owning your business or is it owning you?

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