Let’s Get Personal

How do you feel about your business?

I’m not talking about whether you think you’re on track to meet your goals by December. I’m not asking you to assess your company’s financial performance midway through the year. I’m not talking about how you think you stack up against your competition.

All those things are important – they absolutely are.

What I’m talking about, though, is something just as important: your personal relationship with your business. Yes, as an owner, you and your business do have that kind of relationship. So, I’ll ask again: How Do You Feel About Your Business?

Oddly enough, that question popped into my head a couple of weeks ago on a hot sticky night in Yankee Stadium packed with tens of thousands of Paul McCartney fans. About a third of the way through a 40-song hit parade, McCartney stopped singing and screamed, “Are you having fun tonight?” as his band rocked on.

All of us, with the music pulsing in our chests and ears, screamed back a resounding “yes.”

McCartney, a living legend, is 69. He could be holed up in London or Manhattan or anywhere in the world he wants to be, living off that legend. He certainly does not need to be doing stadium concerts in 90-degree evening heat – and turning in nearly three-hour concerts with no warm up bands or breaks. He performs the entire time, playing with the audience, and obviously having a great time doing it. At 69, he’s still out there . . . and he’s still having FUN.

Do you still feel the same chest pounding passion for your company that you had when you first started it? Do you still get up each morning ready and eager to rock and roll with it? Are YOU still having fun?

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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