Something that I`ve often wondered about with some people ... why did they decide to start a business?
Some business ideas are, well, odd, to say the least; while others are more conventional.
I think it would be interesting to "take the temperature" of the entrepreneurs in this forum to find out what drove you to start a business? I`m hoping that there will be a drive to a deeper question on this, too.
For me, I got the bug to start my own business about 15 years ago when I reached that dead end in my career. I was bored with the work I was doing, didn`t have any ambition and quite frankly didn`t care about my job at all. I saw the company owner living a great life, and not giving back to the community. One year at the annual holiday party, several of us heard the owner bitching about how much the party was costing him. He had drank a little too much truth serum that night (Jack Daniels). Me and the other people standing there were amazed at what he said. I wanted to say, "Well sorry this is costing so much to say thank you to your employees for working so damn hard to make you a multi-millionare."
Today, the owner is in the top 400 on the Forbe`s richest people in America list. No surprise he got there by laying off most of his US-based workforce and sent the work to China. Congratulations.
So, with that bitter pill, I decided I wanted to get rich myself - my sole motivation was money, which would bring me freedom (so I thought).
Well, I`ve been in my business for 4 years, I`m making a little money, but I`ve come to realize that I am not in it to get rich. I`ve worked with many clients and my true passion for running my business comes in the satisfaction I gain from helping business owners. If I happen to get rich, or even comfortable at it, then that is great! Of course, I DO set financial goals, but sometimes we can get so wrapped up in making money in our business that we lose sight of why we do it. Why we endure long hours, stay on the phone much longer than we need to so we can get the order right or delivered on time ... you know what I`m getting at ...
In my humble opinion, getting into a business simply to get rich is selfish and arrogant. Remember, that`s MY opinion.
I`m sure this has been asked and answered many times, but I want to hear your story ... why did you get involved in what you`re doing? Was it to fulfill a higher purpose? Was it to do something better than somebody else? Was it to make your friends jealous?
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