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Thank Goodness For Entrepreneurs

by Bill Collier

“The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.” - Jim Rohn

As much as I enjoy being an entrepreneur myself, I feel fortunate and blessed to spend a significant amount of my time working with other business owners. The best part always is hearing about the entrepreneurial journey ... the start-up, the progress to date and future plans.
Each story is unique, of course, but some of the common themes include enthusiasm, optimism, persistence and a clear vision of the future.
Those things – especially optimism – are in stark contrast to the drumbeat of doom and gloom provided by many politicians and much of the media.

You want the real news? Talk with a small business owner.

Here’s what you’ll hear: Opportunities abound – especially for people interested in making their own luck.

You’ll probably also hear about record revenues and profits, acquisitions, hiring, and new offices opened.

Recently I spent a couple of hours with a local entrepreneur, enjoying cold beers and talking business. His business was up last year and he’s expecting more growth this year.

He told me all sorts of things about his operation. How he started. His employees’ bonus payouts from last year. His social relationships with his most important customers. How he gets more business by staying on friendly terms with his competitors. At every turn, his eyes lit up as if he was talking about his children. There was no missing – or denying – the genuine enthusiasm this guy has for being a small business owner.

Two things he said that I found especially noteworthy:

“It’s not all about the money.” And, “It’s fun.”

I believe him on both counts. If you spent time with him, you would too.

Like him, many entrepreneurs make it a game – to see how successful they can be despite the challenges, the naysayers, the media, their negative relatives, politicians and the “woe is me” crowd.

Most entrepreneurs are family-oriented, common-sense, hard-working people. They’re the kind of people who built this country and who made America great in the first place. In fact, they continue to build our country – creating jobs and opportunities, developing new technologies, defying the odds, re-inventing industries and keeping the American Dream alive and well.

“Success to me is not about money or status or fame, it’s about finding a livelihood that brings me joy and self-sufficiency and a sense of contributing to the world.” - Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

“The cover-your-butt mentality of the workplace will get you only so far. The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business - but it’s a whole lot more fun, don’t you think?” - Bill Rancic, the first winner of now-President Donald Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice”

It’s not all about the money. And it is fun.
Thank goodness for entrepreneurs.

Bill Collier owns Collier Business Advisors, LLC and is the St. Louis area coach for The Great Game of Business. He works with organizations who want to improve financial results, engage their employees and create a winning culture. Bill can be reached at 314-221-8558, GGOBSTL.com or bill@collierbiz.com.

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