When I speak to a group of entrepreneurs, I love to ask them the question, do you love what you do? By asking this question I get a sense of how serious an individual is about their business. Think about it for a moment – if someone isn’t happy about doing what they are doing, why should you do business with them? I must be frank with you and say there will be times when being an entrepreneur can be exhausting, however, it should never cause you to lose your zeal.
Because so many people go into business for a variety of reasons, it’s important to have two things on your side – 1. the passion to work for yourself and loving it, and 2. the ability to identify a problem and the expertise to solve it. Going into business just to make money is never a good idea. Don’t get me wrong, making money is important but it shouldn’t be the only motivating factor.
While speaking in Dallas to a group of highly distinguished and successful Nigerian business owners, one of the business owners told me that he loves his business so much that he gets excited everytime he has the chance to share it with people. After hearing this, my spirit was vexed because being an entrepreneur is unlike any other feeling. As a matter of fact, entrepreneurship is what the American dream is about – building a legacy of financial stability with the ability to create generational wealth.
So let me ask you a few questions – what does entrepreneurship mean to you? Do you love working for yourself? Are you pleased with what you’re doing? What drives you to do what you do?
As a success coach and networking guru, I want you to do the following:
- Think very carefully of why you became an entrepreneur. Take a few days and clear your mind of all the clutter and write down why you decided to step out on faith to become your own boss
- Define who you are as a person and as an entrepreneur. Unless you know who you are and why you’re doing what you’re doing, you won’t have any clarity. All you’ll have is confusion
- Don’t compare your success to others. In other words, work on what makes you happy, satisfied, and fulfilled. Too many people give off false illusions about what success ought to look like. Here’s a hint: define your own success and go after it
Loving what you do will attract the right people to you. Let’s face it – people want to do business with people who are not only knowledgeable and skillful; they want to do business with people who love what they do. From a psychological perspective, the happier you are doing what you’re doing, the more it will show.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author of The ABC’s of Making Business Networking Work For You, and success coach. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, go to www.sinclairgrey.org and fill out the contact form.