There are varying degrees of freedom in business.
On one end of the extreme is the soloprenuer – the person who does all the work themselves. If they don’t show up work doesn’t get done.
On the other end of the extreme is the owner who has structured a business that runs and grows without them. They don’t have to show up at all for work to get done.
Everyone talks about the second option as being a ‘real’ business – that it should be the ultimate goal of every business owner. And that if you fall into the first category you don’t have a business you have a “glorified job”.
That’s such BS.
Being in business is all about the freedom of CHOICE. The choice to do what we want. When we want to do it. And with the people we want to work with.
I was a soloprener for the first 10 years of my business and I loved it! Yes, I had to show up to do the work or I didn’t get paid. But it was on my terms. I set my own schedule. I (mostly) did things I wanted to be doing. I got to work with some amazing clients.
Beats a job any day imo!
I shifted to a leveraged business model in 2009 and had to learn (the hard way) how to shift my role in the company. How to get the right support and structure in place so I could do LESS of certain things and MORE of others. How to become a CEO.
But I am still working. I am still doing. Yes, I take weekends off and don’t work myself to the bone. I have an amazing team who takes care of the day to day running of my business. We have worked hard to setup solid systems to create ease for all of us. I can take an unplugged vacation and my business runs fine while I’m away.
But I’m still here. I’m showing up in my business.
I want to work. I like to work! And I dare say most of us feel the same… eating bon bons on the beach all day would bore the life out of me in short order. (what the hell is a bon bon anyhow?)
It’s more about doing the right things – and knowing that what we do makes the impact we want to make – vs doing nothing at all.
It’s also about recognizing that great missions require a great deal of support.
When you are looking a bigger mission in the eye, you are also being called to create a deeper level of support.
This can be especially challenging for powerful women who are rock-stars at making it happen and getting stuff done. Our default mode is carry it all and push through… which works up to a point, and then it doesn’t anymore.
Put simply, we can only take things so far on our own. We aren’t meant to carry the weight alone (believe me, I’ve tried!)
Great missions require a great deal of support.
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