Take Care Of Your Business
Commercial Enterprise Or None, You Are An Entrepreneur
Are you taking care of your business? Today, whether you own a commercial enterprise or not, you are pretty-much in business for yourself. And your business will take care of you, ultimately, if you take care of your business.
There are two types of person out there, and in each of us... and each of us is dominated by the side of our nature which gets the most "nourishment." One side, our lesser side, I call the "Apathetic Victim." The Victim in each of us sees life as a win-lose proposition, and often (even mostly) as a lose-lose deal. The Victim is a self-concealing personality. It's always critical of others, and very political and competitive in its behavior toward others. It's motivated by a perverse notion of "fairness" - the Victim doesn't feel it should have to work hard or come up with ideas, but it sure doesn't want you getting something it doesn't get... even if you do those things to earn it. The Victim needs and expects to be taken care of.
The better side of our nature I call the "Empathetic Entrepreneur." It sees life as win-win. It's a courageous personality, always seeking to make itself better and to learn from people and experience. The Entrepreneur is a performer, not a theater critic, and is willing to make mistakes along the way to ultimate achievement. Because it learns more that way, the Entrepreneur always seeks collaboration, not competition. It's not about getting the same "share" as everyone else, but about being the best it can be. The Entrepreneur takes care of itself, and is happy to share and take care of others when it can.
We feed our inner Victim when we indulge in negativity, gossip, or political behavior. We feed our inner Entrepreneur when we learn to collaborate, to appreciate, and to create and hold positive expectations of our life and the people in it. Feed either side most consistently, and you'll live like that person.
It's easy for the Entrepreneur-type to see himself as in business for himself, even when he doesn't own a business. He takes ownership of his project, of his agenda, of his past, present, and future. He take initiative. He takes risk. And he knows that whatever TEAM of resources he invests (Time, Energy, Attention, and Money), his investments will come back to him ten-fold because of his entrepreneurial spirit.
Thinking of yourself as a business - as an entity that has to come up with good ideas, to find and keep customers, to make bosses ("shareholders") and teammates ("customers") happy, and to constantly be making good impressions on everyone around - is a great way to nourish your inner Entrepreneur. Again, you don't have to own a business to do it. But these days, when entrepreneurship is the last-best hope for our nation and our world, taking the leap into commercial entrepreneurship wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
What are you doing to take care of your business these days? Are you feeding your inner Entrepreneur? Are you looking for ways to exercise personal responsibility, and to make your life and the world around you better? Whatever endeavor consumes the hours of your life, are you figuratively "building a better mouse trap?"
Take care of your business. Feed your inner Entrepreneur, and starve your inner Victim. Your life will be more fulfilling, more rewarding, and more pleasant if you do.