Have You Traded Your Soul For Your Business?


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On my ChicagoNow, It’s A Small Business World Blog, one of my readers made a comment that I need to repeat here:

“Isn’t this what owning a business is all about? Taking the risk – with your money, time, your soul? We live and breathe our business, have invested just about everything we have in it. Too bad more people didn’t know that most small businesses give everything to their business. Would customers think twice before asking for a deeper discount or one more add-on. Would a bank look at the investment made by the business owner to keep the doors open?”

Entrepreneurs invest more than money. We invest more than our time. We invest our soul. Until I read this, I never realized that I invested my soul or maybe I really traded my soul to see my ideas succeed.

Trading your soul. This is why success and failure running your own business has such an impact on us. We dream about our business. We pray for our business. We live our business. The result matters.

What do we trade our soul for? Money? Prestige? Our Family? Power? Not me. I traded my soul for my business so I could see my passion succeed. I traded it to see my ideas and vision become a reality. I traded my soul to make a difference in this world through my business.

Do you think small business owners trade their souls? Have you? How?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Barry Moltz
Barry Moltz Group
Barry Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. Barry is a nationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging from 2 to 2,. His third book, BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World shows how customer service is the new marketing.


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