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Small Business Bliss and the Entrepreneur Myth

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Small business bliss may be an attractive option. It is definitely a shiny object for some. I’m often asked about entrepreneurship and owning a small consulting firm. Is small business ownership for you?

The Entrepreneur as a Consultant

The consulting field has often been viewed as desirable since the cost of entry is low. The idea is, hang a shingle (or throw up a web page) and you’re in business.

In practice things are not always that simple. A consulting business may seem like an attractive shiny object, in reality it may be a different story.

The other view is that people who can’t get a “real job” start a consulting practice. This view point often develops because some white-collar executives or technical experts lose a job and then struggle to find a replacement, so they start consulting.

In the for what it is worth category, this is not how I started. I made a conscious decision to leave a solid job and start my practice.

In a thriving economy, the lure to start a business is strong. That is, it is strong for the true entrepreneur. Those persons who want to consciously start a venture, not so much for those who only consider it when the chips are down.

There are many hard lessons for small businesses and entrepreneurship. There are also a fair amount of myths (here are ten) about earning a living doing this type of work.

Small Business Bliss

Today the shiniest objects glow even stronger because the assumed funnel is so big.

I’m going to start a video blog.

My goal is to create a unique podcast.

I can sell these on the internet.

Certainly, the world-wide-web is an ocean of opportunity, yet very few find true success there.

In sales, the discussion is often structured around the sales funnel.

Yes, our on-line world seems to broaden the funnel. The reality is that finding your lost goldfish in the ocean is a difficult task.

Even with eyes-wide-open.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Shiny Object Chasing and Your Focus

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Are you focused on what needs to be accomplished? Do you go after the shiny object?

Many workplaces are filled with drama. Stepping back and looking at the drama we may realize that it is the excitement or interest that is attractive. The gossip, the mismanaged conflict, or the turmoil.

 

It may seem polite to ask someone about their day.

How’s it going?

What are you up to?

Did you have a good day?

Sometimes we listen and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes the question is asked only in an attempt to break the ice. In other cases, it is asked to create a distraction, shift the focus, or break up the monotony.

Describing What’s Interesting

When people respond about their day, they are often telling their story. Perhaps an attention capturing story. Responding with my day is, “okay,” is very different from, “I’m about to flip out on the boss.”

The shiny object syndrome applies to our workplace life in many ways. It is often suggested that this syndrome means we can’t focus and we’re always chasing something new, different, or presumably more attractive.

As soon as you start a conversation about focus it won’t be long until someone brings up ADD or ADHD. Certainly, this could apply to those who truly have a professional medical diagnosis. However, for everyone, what you focus on is what you get.

Shiny Object Chasing

What you focus on becomes a core part of the story you tell. The story you tell is your narrative. It is how you see and describe what is happening for you and those around you.

Chances are good that everyone has a part of their day that is both good and bad. Sometimes the good things just don’t seem as exciting as the bad.

Instead of looking for what is bad, try looking for what is good. Don’t let the shiny objects be the ones tarnished with doom and gloom. Don’t allow the most exciting things to be made of self-destruction, or worse, team destruction.

There is nothing shiny about gossip, mismanaged conflict, and turmoil.

Stay focused on things that positively, not negatively, are shiny.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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