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Mind Your Own Business

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Owning your own business sounds like music to the ears of natural entrepreneurs. These folks want to run their own show, not answer to someone else or worry that they will sink or swim depending on who is giving them a nod or an “off with her head!”

On the other hand, many people are loathe to think that, through their own efforts, they could either succeed or fail and it will all be their fault. The thought of a business loan or a business plan makes these folks break out into a cold sweat, and they’d rather have the security of a job, benefits, and any of the stress that goes along with it.

For thousands of others, (actually perhaps more like hundreds of thousands or more,) there is an in-between place, a sort of waiting or holding place where they are not quite ready to jump in and get completely soaked but they are so disgruntled with the loss of control over their own daily work lives that they are no longer able to enjoy any aspect of their “job.” They are waiting for money or time, courage or direction, or maybe a little of everything.

The owner of my favorite local café and I talk regularly about her café, owning a business, and life in general. She has opened a window for me into the chaos and delight of her life as an entrepeneur, a small business owner and an independent woman. Her struggles with finances and freezer break downs, customer complaints and fresh ingredients combine with her passion for friendly and warm service, home cooked meals and satisfied bellies to create a complete picture of a whole person, a happy person, a hard-working person.

Her wisdom was profound when she said to me, in regard to opening one’s own business, if fear was holding things back: “You just have to leap.”

These were the wisest words I’d ever heard on the subject. Coming from someone who is successful without being wealthy and providing an anchor in the busy lives of her clientele, I knew she was right. The fear of failing is not a good enough reason to keep dreams on the back burner for so long they just burn and fade away.

Leaping through fear into freedom is what minding your own business is all about.

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