You Aren’t Your Business

One of the things that I think is important to understand about running a business – and this was re-iterated to me during my week off – is that your business doesn’t define who you are.  To me, your core values and beliefs, the relationships you have with others, your experiences, those things define you.

In my week off I spoke about business for probably a grand total of 5 minutes.  I spent a whole lot of time doing a ton of things that interest me a lot, and none of them have to do with Pure Adapt.

Take from this what you will, but during times of stress I find that acknowledging this helps take the pressure off.  Inevitably, I will still go on whether Pure Adapt becomes a billion dollar company or it falls apart.  As long as I have my basic needs met and my friends and family to share life with, I’ll have the opportunity to be happy.

Before I left, I was a little bit stressed out about what I needed to accomplish this year, and the importance of the tasks ahead.  The business and personal commitments of the holiday season wore me out.  But now, all I see is an exciting opportunity to work hard this year and grow our company.

Sometimes you really need a vacation.

4 comments on You Aren’t Your Business

  1. Miranda V says:

    hey thanks for commenting on my blog, every little bit helps. take care.

  2. Jason Kiesau says:

    Adam,

    Great post!

    As a business coach I worked with small business all over the country helping gain greater fulfillment in their business and life by thinking more strategic & systemic. This helped them recognize that their business doens’t define them and the success of their business doesn’t have to ride on their involvement in the day to day operations.

    What’s funny is today I am a business owner and I am battling with the exact same things you are talking about and what I used to preach to my clients.

    Do I want my brand to be Jason Kiesau or do I need to create a bigger company name and build from that. What are the pros and cons from each.

    All in all your post is a good reminder for anyone trying to take the world on to just sit back and take some time away.

  3. Adam McFarland says:

    Glad you enjoyed it Jason. It’s daunting to think about trying to “take on the world”. For the most part, I just try to stay focused on the short term goals I can control and let the rest take care of itself. It’s just less stressful that way 🙂 Good luck with your biz!

  4. Small Business Forum says:

    Your blog has some great information for small businesses. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge!

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