As I had a conversation today with a colleague about the benefits of releasing negative company, I wondered does the same theory apply to entrepreneurs? As individuals we know that we have to be aware of the people we surround ourselves with and the energy they bring, but can we bring that thought into our business as well? Maybe we can and here’s where I think we should start.
Get rid of the pessimism
As entrepreneurs this should be the easiest thing in the world for us to do, after all entrepreneurs are eternal optimists right? Well yes and no. We believe that if we could just find the right formula then we could create this wildly successful company and the ones who make it big often say that failure didn’t even occur to them. So if there is someone in your inner circle who constantly tells you that it can’t be done get away from them and start surrounding yourself with people who recognize what you can do.
Your triggers are not my triggers
Last week I talked about ending a business partnership, and one of the biggest lessons learned from the end of a partnership is professional limits. The thing to remember is that everyone has triggers; you cannot make people avoid yours. What you can do is learn how to manage your triggers; once you know how to manage the things that make you stumble you will find that you stumble less.
Don’t burn bridges, but learn that you also don’t have to walk across them
In business you always hear that you shouldn’t burn bridges. I agree with that to a point and as you mature in business, you understand that you don’t have to show up to every fight you’re invited to. You don’t have to do business with every customer that comes along; that advice will save you money, stress and time.
As we strive to find the perfect balance between the reason we started our businesses and success, we have to pay attention to the things that really matter. Those things are the conversations that we still hear after they are over, the partnerships we want to nurture and our individual definitions of success.