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I am beginning to wonder if I will ever wade through all of the information available to small business owners. I am very grateful for every bit of it, but as I glance at my stack of books, my pages of notes and all of the ridiculous sticky notes scattered around my desk, I wonder if I have lost my mind. Luckily there is so much to read through that I don't have too long to get discouraged or second guess myself. This is really all my grandfathers fault.
It was he that once told me "the only way to ever have true freedom is to own your own business." After close to a decade of running a private therapy practice I get what he meant, despite the fact that you are truly a slave to your business..at least in the beginning. I keep reminding myself that it took several years to develop a base practice...not several weeks. I am the kind of results driven person that HATES to wait....for most everything. It was definitely a learned skill for me...learned over many years. Truthfully I am actually still on the learning curve for this. I come from a long line of perfectionists. I can't help it. Anyway, I also come from a long line of believers in this theory: If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.
I remember my mom telling me a pivotal lesson her father, my grandfather taught her when she was a kid. He owned a car lot back in the day and my mom and her friend decided to make some money one summer by washing all the cars on the lot. I really wish I knew how much they were to be paid for such an extraordinary job....The girls washed all the cars and skipped in to collect payment. My grandfather inspected their work and swiftly determined the work to be, what I was raised to know as, half ass. In my family half ass is about the worst thing you can do or be. Period. Needless to say, the girls were required, not requested, to rewash ALL of the inventory on the lot. A task that took them late into the night.
I get it. If your family is a member of the FAHA, Families Against Half Asses, then you get it too. It's partly healthy and partly neurotic. So back to the reading and sticky notes I go. Giving my all to be a full blown ass.
Owner, One Fancy Baby