November 3, 2015 | By Andrea Williams, VP of Marketing
Why do people go into business for themselves? You might say that the obvious answer is that they want to work for themselves in order to be able to control their own income stream and design their own schedule and you would not be wrong to think this however; there is also an altruistic rationale as well. Most of us want to feel as if we have made a difference in the world…to know that we have made a positive impact on our community.
Some people are satisfied by the rewards that they glean inside their own family systems. Overwhelmingly those with the entrepreneurial spirit express the need for their talents to have a ripple effect to others…in other words they want to share what they know to make the lives of others easier. The “payoff” that they get from helping others is as valuable as managing their own time and money.
What is your currency? Would you feel rewarded if the work you performed helped others? As accounting professionals, it is easy to get locked into the formula of seeing numbers, but perhaps your personal spreadsheet could use a philanthropy column! The saying “if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life” rings true for a reason…it is true! Think how good it would feel to know that you found lost money for one of your clients. Imagine their appreciation of your talent! Exuberant comes to mind!
Owning your own business is about success…personal/professional/spiritual/physical success and individuals measure success in different ways. Regardless of your barometer or graph or P&L statement consider your ripple effect. If helping people will be a measure of the quality of life that you have lived five or ten or even twenty years from now be brave enough to honor your talents and contributions to your own life today.
“Happy New Year” is on the horizon…I sincerely hope that all of your dreams come true.
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