Starting a Business

Hot off a Leadership Workshop and I am all pumped up!  Many of you may have caught the interview I did with Doug Beabout recently where we discussed numerous topics, and he shared his opinion on the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals when starting a business.

This past week was just that for me, a group of like-minded entrepreneurs that had all launched businesses in the search arena, and it was really rewarding.  There is a lot published about getting started in business, including a lot of Do’s and Don’ts and Checklists on what to remember, etc.  Lot’s of the standard points on how to finance it, what name you pick out for it, how you will market and sell your products or services and other nuts and bolts basics for moving it all forward.

At the Leadership Workshop this past week Jeff Skrentny opened the event with a session that lived up to the usual greatness that he is known for all over the country – and it was really informative and motivating!  He spent time covering some great information about how the search entrepreneurs in attendance could bring their businesses up to the next level – and, in words he would love, “knock it out of the park!”  One thing he said that did not hit me at the time was that you really need to enjoy what you are doing.  If you are not having fun doing it, get out and do something else.

After I got home I was reading an issue of The Sinfonian.  Sure, scratch your heads – this is not a publication that you are likely familiar with.  You might not know that my college education started off in music education.  Along the way I joined the Professional Music Fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia whose mission is “…for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America…” and The Sinfonian still comes to me monthly bringing back fond memories of my days in music.  This month, there was an article entitled “Smart Practices for Starting Your Own Business” which I thought was a nice play on words with practices (which brought back a lot more memories of me in a practice room at school working on the latest music I needed to perform).  The article had the usual comments about getting started and remembering that no one starts at the top, finding a mentor and other good suggestions.

Then came the one that hit me – Enjoy the Ride.  It said that people who are good at what they do have something in common with other people who are good at what they do: they love what they do!  I instantly thought of Jeff Skrentny and his comment from the workshop – essentially he was saying, enjoy the ride or find something else where you can.

The bottom line here is that you should find the joy in what you do because if you can find something that you love to do, and can make a living at it, life is just a lot sweeter.  All the best finding something you love to do!

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