I know it's the American dream to own your own home but who out there doesn't sometimes long for the days of being a renter and making the landlord fix the furnace? Being a homeowner has lots of advantages but along come some definite disadvantages such as bills to pay that you did not expect, leaky faucets, a downturn in real estate prices, not to mention increases in property taxes!! Yikes!
Have you ever met a business owner who seems frazzled, unhappy and worn out? I know I have and there are times when I can truly relate. Being self employed is no easy task and in many ways being an employee is similar to the renter and being the owner is similar to the homeowner. There are good things about being the King of your own Kingdom. Then there are times when you think it would be wonderful to be the Court Jester, right?
What does this all boil down to? It boils down to love. The feeling that you can't live without it. That you must have it, control it, and make it completely your own. In the case of the house, you have to love it, give it all your time, all your extra money. It's the same with a business. You must eat, sleep and breath it everyday. It must be your passion, the thing that makes you tick, that makes you get up in the morning, the thing that your dreams are built on.
In my travels of delivering flowers, I often see houses where the owner no longer feels the passion for them. They look tired, worn out, forgotten. I also meet business owners (even other florists) that also have lost the passion. They can no longer see what made them want to own the business in the first place or they got into business for the wrong reasons. Neglect is one of the best ways to loose something valuable. Any realtor will tell you that the value of your home will go down if you do not keep up with repairs and updates. So is true for a business. Each day the owner not only competes with what they did yesterday but has to be ready for what their competition is going to do tomorrow! It takes dedication and love and it should never be about money. That's the easiest way to fail.
Do what you love and you will be successful. Loose the passion and it's probably time to move on. Luckily for me I'm not only passionate about my business but I've found something that I'm good at. With a little bit of luck it will remain that way for many years to come!