This morning I ran like Forrest Gump. Not because I wanted to but because I had my running partner, and resident “bad dog” Marshall, with me. Every morning Marshall is up promptly at 7am sitting by my bed, looking at me and wagging his tail. Does he want to go out to the “little doggies room”? Of course! But then he’s promptly back inside and under my feet until we go for our morning walk or run (depending on how tired I am that morning).
It never fails, every day Marshall wakes up with a huge “doggie smile” on his face ready for his walk. And every morning we walk the same path around our neighborhood. Yet, his motivation to go on our walks never diminishes. What’s his incentive? That fact that we might encounter a random dog on our walk? Or maybe he’s looking for that one squirrel that isn’t so quick to run away? I may never know the answer to that question, but it got me thinking; as a business owners, what motivates us to get up every morning?
There are a million reasons why I love owning my own business (that could be a blog entry within itself), but working from home and setting my own schedule can be a dangerous perk. I could sleep until noon, run some errands, have lunch with friends, then take the rest of the night off… sounds fantastic right? Unfortunately, that won’t pay the bills. So what’s my motivation?
I think what it boils down to is the challenge of thriving and surviving doing something I truly love. The day I turned in my notice at my “corporate” job in 2005, my boss looked at me and said “You know, freelancing is hard, are you sure quitting is a good decision? Can you really make this work?” That statement hit me like a ton of bricks. Is he doubting me? Why can’t I make this work? So there lies my motivation – being successful when others questioned my ability. Those words sit in the back of my head every morning when I rise, and when I feel down and defeated, they pull me back to reality. It’s been four years since I started my business and each year has been better than the previous. It’s the best decision I ever made and I thank my former boss for giving me the motivation to become a successful entrepreneur.
What’s your motivation? Do you own your own business? What made you take the leap? Do you want to own your own business one day? What’s your motivation to make it happen? We’d love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts below and if there’s anything biz-e-chicks can do to help you get, or stay, motivated, please let us know!