Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Who Needs That Personal Development Mumbo Jumbo? Your Business!

"The most important question to ask on the job is not "What am I getting?"
The most important question to ask is "What am I becoming?""

"If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you.
If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you.
Whatever good things we build, end up building us."

-- Jim Rohn

Who needs that personal development mumbo jumbo? My business! And My Life! So goes one, so goes the other in my opinion. Think about the top quote by Jim Rohn. When I change the question slightly as if I am asking the business, not a person, then, it might read like this: The most important question to ask my business is not what is it earning, how much is it making, how big is it? The most important question to ask is how is it serving, how does it benefit and therefore, what is it becoming?

Since my business is an extension of me, it can only grow as I grow. It can only be more if I am more. It can only be successful if I am successful. It can only be a leader if I am a leader. And so on. If I don't read new books, study my field, expand my awareness, my business will reflect that. How much I grow is how much my business can grow. Seriously.

Some people seem to think they can separate the two. That is really easy to see on Facebook. Some people I've noticed think they can be one thing on their personal page and a business person on their business page. Foolish thought. I've seen people who run a business on Facebook who are speaking like a 15 year old, saying f***ing this, and f***ing that, demonstrating their anger about anything and everything, and pretty much talking a fool to the world. That speaks directly to your business because you and your business are one. Is that the way you would talk to valuable clients? I hope not. Then putting it on Facebook is the same thing as talking to those valuable clients and perhaps some of them are even your friends on Facebook. Not cool.

I need to be as transparent as I can be when I publish on any venue, but more important than my public face is the face I see in the mirror every day. I need to be as consistent there as I can be elsewhere. What I mean is the person that I am inside will always show on the outside. Being okay with those is critical. Being unhappy, angry or despondent personally, will end up showing in the business and my public life as well eventually.

So, who needs that personal development mumbo jumbo? Every business owner and every person too.

For me to be better than I am tomorrow than I am today is a theme that would work perfectly in my business and for that to happen, I must expand and become more, then in turn, my business will follow suit.

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