Saturday, June 21, 2008

Why It Is Important to Have A Strong "Why"?

Copyright © Lawren Smith

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This week I want to discuss the subject of finding the drive or motivation that keeps you working on developing your business. In other words, your “Why” for having a business.

I started my first home business almost five years ago. Since starting my business, I have never experienced problems of giving up on my dreams of having a successful home business. I guess at the time I had made the decision to start my home business; I was at a place in my life where I was burnt out from working at my job.

I used to love my career. For those of you who don’t know, I am a programmer. I develop business applications for companies. As an employee, my position is usually a programmer analyst or software engineer.

By the time I decided t start my home business, I had spent many long hours trying to meet deadlines, missing vacations, and having little time to spend with my friends or family. After all this, I still went through three downsizings. Along with this, I had awful managers.

Lastly, I watched my income go from making over $100,000 a year to an income level I was at four or five years ago. My vacation time decreased from two to three weeks to fifteen to twenty-three days of paid time off (PTO). This PTO included vacation, sick and personal. To make a long story short, I am now at a place where I have less time off and longer work hours with less pay.

If you still have to wonder why I want my own home business, then I am going to assume that you just don’t understand and probably never will; but others, who have gotten to know me a little, have discovered that I have an unwavering drive. When it comes to working on developing my business, I am one of the hardest working individuals.

How is it that my drive or my “Why” is so intense while others flounder with their “Why” about having their own business? I can only guess. One thing I will say is, if you started your business to make more money or to be wealthy, you will more than likely either quit on more than one occasion or you will jump from one business opportunity to another. The key to having a drive or motivation has to be tied to you emotionally. I think this is why I continue to work on my business day in and day out; even during times when I am making little to no money. I passionately hate working for other people. Working for someone else, to me, has become very painful.
Quitting or jumping from one home business opportunity to another is the reason why you are not successful and is probably why you never will be successful in your business. It is much harder t stay in a business of your own, working on it each day during the difficult times; in particular during times when you are not seeing any progress in the growth of your business.

Life is not easy and it is even harder once you have decided to add on the additional responsibility of developing your own business. It is during the difficult times that, those who decide to stay in the fight of developing a home business grow the most. Your inner strength can only get stronger when you fight for your business. But, if you don’t have a strong drive or the motivation to remain in developing your business, where do you go? This is something you, as an entrepreneur, need to figure out. How badly do you want a business? Personal development can help, but there are days when even this does not work.

So, what do you do? This is where you have to make a decision on what to do. Your mentor, sponsor, senior partner, your parents, nor anyone else can help you. Whatever decision you make, you have to be responsible for the decision as well as any activities that follow. Hopefully, the choices you make will leave you standing; continuing to work on your home business.

In thinking about this subject, I recall a scene in a movie called, “Rocky Balboa” where Rocky is talking to his son about life. I don’t know whether any of you have seen the movie; granted, it was not a very good movie (in my opinion), but I recently saw it on cable and the scene between father and son touched me. As you watch this scene, think about your situation and consider finding ways to motivate you. Discover what your strong “Why” is because without it, success will continue to evade you because of the poor decisions you make. If you have a strong drive, quitting is not an option.

In conclusion, I will leave you with this, “We all have 2 choices. We can either make a living or we can design a life

Here is the scene from “Rocky Balboa”: Rocky Balboa Movie


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