As I was thinking this morning, I began with just a short view of this issue, but as you begin to empty your mind with brainstorming idea, the post took on a life of it’s own as I began to think of others. When you think of the familiar saying “The glass is either half full or half empty” describing either an optimist or a pessimist, when you pause and look at it more closely you find that there are opportunities than you originally saw:
- Optimist – The glass is half full
- Pessimist – The glass is half empty
There are generally two ways that you fail at business and both of those reasons rely upon you, your thoughts, and most importantly, your actions. Winston Churchill said it best about business:
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
So let’s take a quick look at the two areas that create a business or create a failure. But the main focus is having a health horse that pulls the wagon of your family’s life.
When you’re working in a job or doing a job, you only see what is in front of you, rarely looking up or taking the time to see what is around you. Here is a perfect example of someone that not only shows, but demonstrates to others the potential and possibilities that are in front of them.
I just got off the phone coaching a lady who is a business coach herself and her target market is older ladies who are empty nesters (she wanted to know more about publishing her content into a book). You know those ladies, their kids are all grown, the husband is still working and has his routine, but now these ladies have LOTS more time now with little to do. If you’re older, your Mom is probably like that, too.
So as we were discussing about these ladies I told her that in my experience mothers, and to a lesser degree ladies, have a difficult time expressing themselves or speaking up. While us guys in most cases LOVE to talk about ourselves, we’re more like peacocks that strut around showing off our plumage. Women, not so much. But when you’re talking about a business, you HAVE to talk about your business. My comment to Connie was, “Connie, if you have the cure for cancer, would you keep it hidden, or would you be telling the world about it?” She gasped and said, “Well, I’d be telling the world about it!” I said, “Now THAT is how you handle your talents toward others, you’re the doctor of your talents, now share your talent cures!” At that moment, I knew I had another blog post. So what does it mean to be the Doctor of your Talents?
Have you ever been online or on Facebook and someone asks a question of you and you have this SMH (Smack My Head) moment and wonder: “You mean with the best search engine in the world, Google, and you want ME to look it up for you?”
I now use LMGTFY = Let Me Google That For You when I’m online and they always ask, “What’s that?”
A young teenaged student named Ludwick Marishane invented a water-less bathing lotion — all because he didn’t feel like taking baths. Oh, and he was named the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Here is a graphic from the Kauffman Foundation and Forbes magazine that describes people’s interest in entrepreneurship. It’s alive and well.
There are two facts that I should point out that can be easily overcome this barrier.