This past weekend I spent Father’s Day alone with my son, David. My daughter, Gina, abandoned me on Father’s Day to go to an overnight camp…
Obviously, I jest when I say “abandoned”. I think it’s great to watch my kids develop and go after things they want in life. (Although I did give her a hard time for ditching me on Father’s Day—in a loving and fun way of course.)
David and I had a great time. We wrestled, went for ice-cream cones and played whiffle ball. I hit a towering homerun in whiffle ball for the win—which I made sure to rub in. (I think he “let” me win since it was Father’s Day!)
I think it’s so important to have one on one time with my kids. It’s something I do on a regular basis.
So what’s the big business lesson you can learn from my Father’s Day outing?
Spend time alone working on your business.
There are business owners who work hard and think that’s all they need to do to succeed. Yes, working hard is important. BUT many business owners think “hard work” means working “in” the business instead of “on” the business.
For example, there’s the guy who owns a brick and mortar business who thinks he’s working hard to make his business better by spending all his time at his business doing daily tasks that need to be done.
But in order for him to get the highest leverage payoff, what he really needs to do is to devote time alone on a regular basis to think and plan for the growth of his business.
You might feel like you don’t have the time or the money to devote to taking a day or two off to spend alone working on your business. Which is exactly why you should. When you do, you’ll find you have more of both time and money because you’ll be able to devote focused energy on creating a business around what you want and how you want to live your life and spend your time.
This lesson made me think of a few more lessons you can learn from Father’s Day, so in honor of Father’s Day and you being the “parent” of your business, today I’m giving you popular Father’s Day quotes that I’ve “re-designed” along with five mini lessons on how to apply them to your business.
Original Quote #1
“How true Daddy’s words were when he said: ‘All children must look after their own upbringing.’ Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” Anne Frank, Victim of Holocaust and author of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”
“How true GKIC’s words were when they said: ‘All business owners must look after their own business success. Mentors and coaches can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s business lies in their own hands.”
In other words, you can get the best advice in the world, but it’s up to you to put it into action. That’s one thing no one else, not even the highest paid coach can do for you.
Original Quote #2
“The reward of child rearing is spending the rest of your life proudly knowing this person you helped guide. Let him be himself.” Mike Sager, Bestselling author and award-winning journalist
“The reward of all your hard work in developing your business is spending the rest of your life proudly knowing you created this business yourself.”
Developing your business will not only reward you with the profits you make, but the proud feeling you’ll get from creating a business designed around the life you want to live.
Original Quote #3
“I want my son to wear a helmet 24 hours a day.” –Will Arnett, Canadian actor and comedian
“I want to protect my business 24 hours a day.”
It’s good to want to protect your business. However, don’t be afraid to take calculated risks. If you are always afraid of something going wrong in your business, you’ll find it difficult to grow your business.
Original Quote #4
“It is much easier to become a father than to be one.” -Kent Nerburn, American Author and living “spiritual teacher”
“It is much easier to get into business than it is to stay in business.”
Anyone can open up a business. But only those who are willing to work on their business, take action and implement their plan will stay in business.
Original Quote #5
“It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.”- John Sinor, American author and newspaper columnist
“It is admirable for the business person to spend time in his/her business, but there is a special reward for the business owner who spends time on his business. “
I’m ending with the message I started with because it is so essential to your success. If you want to design the perfect business designed around the type of lifestyle you want to have, then YOU need to spend time alone on your business. Use your alone time to DECIDE how you want to live and then make a plan for how you’ll spend your time, energy and money designing your business around that.