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Two Essential Components to Running a Business

Simply put, the two essential components to running a (small) business are:

1. Nimbleness

Merriam-Webster: able to move quickly, easily, and lightly : able to learn and understand things quickly and easily.

2. Flexibility
Merriam-Webster: easily changed : able to change or to do different things : willing to change or to try different things.

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Do something, do nothing, but don’t do anything

Anyone can do anything. Seriously.

It takes guts to do something. In some cases, it takes guts (or stubbornness) to do nothing. But to do anything doesn’t take anything at all.

Starting my own business was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. And honestly, it was the biggest step in faith I’ve taken to date. But I had to do something, because no one wanted to hire me.

That’s the point though. I was trying to work for someone else, anyone else. At that point, I would have done anything, and that would’ve been wrong.

Instead, I took a step and a leap and ended up more satisfied, career wise, than I’ve ever been.

Each choice affords you the opportunity to do something, or to do nothing. You’ll get in the most trouble if you do anything.

 

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The Hardest Part

I was taking a shower the other morning. Nothing uncommon about that, except that on this particular morning I was dreading getting out. It had been cold the night before and I was up early before the heat had come on. Sometimes, the hardest part of taking a shower is turning off the water. I knew that once I did, I’d be cold and uncomfortable.

Often, the hardest parts of life are the things that make us the most uncomfortable. But, that’s if you take the most cynical and narrow view of the situation. Because before the water was turned off, I was warm and cozy. And within a few moments, I was dry and fresh feeling. If I were to get caught up in the uncomfortableness of turning off the water, I’d forget about where I just was. More importantly, I’d forget about where I was going to be.

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Shopping When You’re Hungry

Out of all the advice I’ve ever given, or will ever give, this principle seems to be the most important. Why? Because I see the same mistake made over and over and over again.

Do not make important decisions regarding your business when you’re strapped for cash or when you’re emotional. You won’t be thinking clearly, therefore you’ll make poor decisions. Just like going shopping when you’re hungry.

My advice? Take a deep breath. Consult a third party, preferably one you trust. Or, at least wait until you’re no longer hungry.

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