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Appreciating The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Business

Experiencing Gratitude on a daily basis

I woke up this morning feeling immense gratitude. This is not an uncommon thing mind you. I feel grateful every day, however, today I feel particularly grateful for this journey we’re on.

This entrepreneurial journey has taken me on paths never before imagined. It has stretched my comfort zones beyond recognition, it has helped round me as a person and a business person, and I keep learning, every day.

At the end of the day I guess it has to do with your mind-set and whether you choose to see the positive or the negative in any given situation.

With gratitude you choose to see the light, the possibility. As we’ve grown in our roles as business owners and entrepreneurs we have been taught to problem-solve. A simple thing, yet, taken for granted by most.

Why? Because most people don’t know how to problem-solve naturally. As an example, maths is about problem-solving, and yet, most of us did not excel at maths when at school. We weren’t encouraged to pursue that way of thinking and instead we were “allowed” to find alternatives to this subject.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Business

When in business you’re going to see all sides of human beings, whether they are staff, fellow business owners, suppliers or clients.

Over time you become a better judge of character and you start realising the kind of energy and mind-set you want to align your business and culture with. It goes all ways. You need to be selective when you on board staff. You need to choose your clients carefully. You should align your business with the right kind of suppliers.

It may not seem important now, however, down the line you’ll thank your lucky stars for being so selective with the company you keep.

You’re going to see it all in business. How competitors try to do you in. How staff members take advantage of your kindness. How clients try to negotiate discounted prices over and over again.

Yet, you’re also going to see how your fellow entrepreneurs rally to support you, how your staff have your back and how suppliers will go out of their way to ensure longevity in the relationship.

There may come a time that you will need the services of a very good lawyer to help draft your terms and conditions, and proper paperwork.

You’ll need the help of an accountant, a tax expert, a web developer, an IT person and so on.

The point is this : You learn, you grow, you evolve, you become better at what you do. Have gratitude for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly that you’ll face in business.

These are the things that shape you and develop you as a stellar business owner.

Continue showing gratitude on a daily basis

Elon Musk famously said that being an entrepreneur is like “chewing glass while staring into the abyss.”

This is an immense journey that you are blessed to be on, so enjoy it, make the most of it and make sure that you make every moment count.

You’ve got this!