Grateful Points for Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's easy when you own a business to get overwhelmed by the minutia of everything that has to get done.  Even if you outsource several components of your business (and if you don't, I suggest you start), you still probably wear many hats.  When this is the case, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture and to let the daily grind and tyranny of the urgent sap your joy.

Since this week is Thanksgiving in the States, I thought it only fitting to make a list of the things you are grateful for, specifically about your business.  It helps to remind ourselves why we do what we do and why we took the crazy leap of faith to open up shop for ourselves in the first place.

Here are a few of the things that came to mind for me when I started making this list:

*I get to more or less set my own hours.  Yes, I give up many weekends, but I knew that would happen going into this career field.  However, if there is a weekend I don't want to work, I can block that out on my calendar.  If I want to work from 9 pm - midnight one evening so that I can spend some daylight hours taking my nephew to the zoo, I have that flexibility.  Many people don't, and I am grateful that this job affords me that freedom.

*As long as I have my laptop and phone, I can work from anywhere I'd like.  Whether it's my kitchen table, my office, a coffee shop or halfway around the globe, today's technology allows me to keep client files accessible from wherever I'm at and as a result I don't have to be tied to one physical location.  As an avid traveler, this is a truly a dream come true for me.

*I have the BEST CLIENTS EVER! I count myself very blessed that the people who hire me are some of the most interesting people on the planet, in my completely unbiased opinion.  They are multi-faceted, smart, compassionate, uber nice, and truly fun to work with.  Sure, I've had one or two that have stretched my patience at times, but overall I get to work with some pretty amazing people. 

What are you thankful for?  Jot some of your "grateful points" on a note and stick it near your desk to remember when your day starts to turn sour, and if you're comfortable enough to share with everyone, then share in the comments!  It may be something that one of us connects with as well. 

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