Chances are that the moment you started your company you felt the need to be in charge of everything (the control thing). Tasks such as ordering stationary, trips to Staples, talking to the utility company, dictating messages and a sundry of other things. You did pretty much everything including the bookkeeping, sweeping the floors and taking out the garbage.
You were proud of your new business and wanted to make sure it did well from the very start and in in every aspect of your business. Even if it meant you had to work 80 hours a week to keep it going to be successful.
Then you started to make more money, enough to hire employees to help you grow the business. As you moved forward so did your business commitments. Your mindset however, is control, just like when you started the business. A natural reaction since you started and created your business, the tendency is to protect it, this is your baby!
THE NEEDED CHANGE IN MINDSET!
The problem comes when you have to change your mindset as an entrepreneur. When you started your business, you had a talent and believed that your talent could make you profit and grow your business. However, as your business and commitment to the business grows, there needs to be a new way of thinking on how you should run the business.
For example; I have a brother who is a great mechanic. If he were to open his business, he would be the best mechanic you could find. His work would be impeccable, and everyone would enjoy working with him. However, the minute my brother had to start thinking strategically about how to lessen his working hours, grow new markets, start a branding campaign, hire people to do some of his tasks, he would become very stressed and would definitely lose interest in running his business. He is a great mechanic but didn’t think about the other parts of running a business. All he ever wanted was a place to go a paycheck, and a position. Little did he realize that it would take more than being a good mechanic to run a business. He didn’t realize that some of the things he liked to do would have to take a back seat or be delegated to someone else, so he could focus on the details that will allow him to grow his business.
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