Caring More About Your Business than Yourself

This is sort of an addendum to the last post from a little while ago.

Running a business also teaches you a selflessness that translates great to other aspects of life.  Not paying yourself so that you can expand.  Taking less pay so that you can hire an employee.  Living with your parents or in a crappy apartment to save money.  Donating your tax return back to the company instead of spending it on yourself.  Taking care of a customer because it’s the right thing to do, even if the expense comes out of your pocket.  Covering for a partner on your day off, so that they can have a day off because they need it more.

These are all things that we’ve done or are doing, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

People say that your whole world changes when you have a child because you finally care about someone else more than yourself.  I can only speculate, but of course that makes sense.   Dare I make the same analogy to starting a business?  I can only speak for myself and what I’ve seen from my partners, but that selflessness definitely transfers over to the rest of your life.  It’s not so much that you care about your business more than yourself,  just that you learn to care about something more than yourself.  I have to think that this leads to a more other-centric approach to your relationships, placing others needs before your own.  A great “life lesson” for any young person considering career options, one that some people seemingly don’t learn until much older (if ever).

2 comments on Caring More About Your Business than Yourself

  1. Tim says:

    This is a chasm I have never managed to navigate successfully myself, and was a huge motivating factor in selling my business when I did. I simply cared too much, if such a thing is possible, I made huge personal sacrifices so the business would thrive and my life suffered because of it. I put my life on the back burner for over 13 years and am very unlike all of my peers because of it, I missed a lot of the life experiences “normal” people our age live through, in exchange for a extremely unusual life. I don’t know which is right but I suspect I was on the right track, I just should have slowed down a touch, took time to stop and smell the roses.

  2. Adam McFarland says:

    Tim –

    Since I didn’t really start getting into this entrepreneurship stuff until the end of college I had a lot of the “normal” experiences. Some of it was worthwhile, but for the most part I wish I spent more time on things that I cared about or could have benefited me in some capacity in the future. The biggest things I learned were what I didn’t want to do, like get caught up in social drama that does nothing but hurt all of the parties involved.

    To your point, you probably just went at it a little too hard (which is understandable). Like everything, entrepreneurship sucks if it’s the only thing you do all day long.


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