Take it from someone who has tried and failed in starting and operating a business only motivated by the possibility of profits… get out while you still haven’t lost your shirt. Let me set the context a little here. While in grad school for business, I was taught from a corporate perspective on how and why to be in business: maximize shareholder value pretty much at all cost. Now, I don’t think that’s bad or terrible, but I do believe that this knowledge base does not provide the ‘full’ palette in drilling down to the core of having a sound business psychology.
I believe at its fundamental core, having a sound business psychology is about having a healthy respect and common sense basis of dealing and interacting with people whether they are employees, co-workers, managers, clients, etc. Simply, it’s having the ability to empathize and co exist with others that think, talk, and act different from you. Also, underlying this notion of having an ability to ‘get along and play well’ with others, it’s essential that you have a passion for helping others solve issues of life both personally and professionally.
I admit that it took me quite a while to see business in this perspective. What really got me going in renewing my mind to this fundamental truth of business was some awesome nuggets of truth I read and studied from the book, The LapTop Millionaire by Mark Anastasi.
- The enjoyment for doing the work of building the consulting business became more consistent
- This new found enjoyment helped in marketing and selling my services more effectively with better results