Recently, after converting a supplier into a customer, I suddenly became conscious of what I am doing and the beauty of entrepreneurship. That was the second time I turned what’s associated with “cost” into revenue.
I enjoyed it and thanked Heavens for the opportunity. I wondered how beautiful entrepreneurship is. It’s important for us to relive those good moments and help us get past the current difficult times.
Makes Us Better Human Beings
This is the best part. Entrepreneurs are essentially problem solvers. You solve a problem, you get the order. By itself, that makes you a good person. To get repeat orders, you have to earn trust from the client. To make a business successful, you have to earn trust from every other stake holder in your business.
Generating trust is not automatic. You have to keep your promises, exceed expectations, and speak truth – which are traits of a good human being, not just a good entrepreneur. “Business is a force for good,” Sumantra Ghoshal, a management guru said. How true!
Experiment and Have Fun
Business is uncertain. We don’t know what works and what doesn’t. We don’t know if a prospect will buy our offering; and if a prospective employee will take the offer. We have to experiment and find out. Just like we learned science in school – we have to figure out for ourselves what works. If it doesn’t, we learn that it doesn’t – but learn we will. In some cases, we fail miserably. In some others, we get much more than we expect. That’s fun. We learn, failing is okay. We fail many times until we succeed. We cherish success.
The Market Makes the Butterfly in You
Entrepreneurship brings out the butterfly in us. We have to pass the test of the market and it means that someone has to pull hard earned dollars out their purse and pay us. It’s not sufficient if one person does that! Lot of people have to do that before our business can survive and make profit. And that teaches us a lot. It teaches us perseverance, the value of relationships, and a lot of other qualities. Many observe the transformation in themselves after they start a business.
It’s Time to Relive the Good Moments
In these tough times, it makes sense for us to remember those good moments to keep us going. Relive those moments and share what made you feel good about being in business. Share it. This is an opportunity to cherish those moments!
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Chaitanya Sagar is the Co-Founder and CEO of p2w2, which helps small businesses outsource services like writing, software, graphic design, virtual assistance, business consulting and research. Chaitanya blogs at p2w2 blog. He is fascinated by entrepreneurship and the difference technology can make in people’s lives.
Hmmm, it’s not too hard for me to remember the good moments. I just sit on my balcony with a pen and paper enjoying the sun and write down ideas. That’s always a good moment. 😀
Still, there are some days where I feel a bit down because everything isn’t perfect so I’ll keep remembering these good moments.
Thanks for this post! You really pulled me back to wht I love about my business with this one—making clients’ work a little easier!
The butterfly notion is so true. I’m taking a moment right now to be grateful for all the changes I’ve been through, with this post as a guide.
A purchaser has often internal customers. Think about the whole supply chain!
I am using Twitter for reliving good moments of my work-life. I use the hashtag #GoodThing in my tweets, so you could search on it later on. Please feel free to read my post, Three Good Things On Twitter and comment on it if you think it could be a of value for your own purpose. Click on “Martin Lindeskog” Says and then continue the conversation! 🙂
“Still, there are some days where I feel a bit down because everything isn’t perfect so I’ll keep remembering these good moments.” — David, you don’t have to feel down because nothing is really perfect.
And yes, these good times we have in our lives can also help us to have a place to draw out some strength against these odds of the economy.
A long time ago I read a magazine article that suggested getting a large fishbowl and a bag of marbles. Then each time something good happened, to take a marble out of the bag and add it to the fishbowl.
The idea was, that sometimes we let negatives and bad times overpower our thoughts and push aside the good times and all the wonderful things we achieve. By having the fishbowl there and seeing the marbles pile up, you are reminded of all the good things that happen.
I’d suggest that for anyone else who wants to reflect on all the good things. It will make you feel good and give you confidence.
Chaitanya — powerful reminder. Just the boost I needed. It is terrific to have this Small Business Trends network where people share the good things they have happen in their entrepreneurial lives. This is indeed one of the marbles in my fishbowl. I love that marble idea, Anita.
What other similar ideas to the marbles in the fishbowl are others here using? We’d love to hear those.
The good times are what keep us motivated, otherwise we drown in our own self pity. I like Anita’s idea too, having a visual reminder is always helpful.
This is a great read with the way the economy has gone.