What Have You Sacrificed for Your Business

Previously I wrote about a client who had to fire an employee that was holding her business back. She was working 60-70 hours a week keeping the business afloat while her key employee was skating along and creating chaos in the team.  It was a perfect example of a business owner making a sacrifice to keep her business running even as obvious solutions were being ignored.  When I first started working with her, she told me that her dream was to have a business run without her so she could focus on her art.  I just got an e-mail from her today telling me how much she is enjoying her new life in Switzerland spending her time traveling and doing her paintings.  She commented in the e-mail “I want to thank you for all of your coaching. I am truly running the business from Switzerland!! Amazing, I would never have thought it possible. Business is fairly good considering the economy, but at least we are viable. I think of you so often and hear your voice in my ear. So I guess you are a success.”  

In Michael Gerber’s book The E-Myth Revisited, he talks about the myth of the business owner as the ultimate sacrificial lamb.  We have been lead to believe that in order to be successful in business we have to spend years upon years of hard work, slaving away until one magical day we can finally leave the business and enjoy a nice, quiet retirement…………if we live that long.  The truth is that business is designed to give you the life YOU want.  What sort of dreams do you have?  Overseas mission trips?  That lake home you have always dreamed about?  Maybe it’s even funding your children’s college education.  The fact is that you CAN get your business running without you, but you have to follow specific steps in order to do that.  Most business owners don’t know where to start.  That is where your coach comes in.  They are there to help you lay out the map, put an action plan together, and then stick with you until you have successfully completed your journey.

I hope you enjoy the original art work; the result of one business owner living her dream.

Kevin Weir


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