So often the big successes in business for me have come from me just asking. What I mean by that is that is getting the courage together to approach a person about something is often the biggest obstacle you face as a business owner. You would be amazed how easy it can be sometimes if you just ask. If you have been good to people and thoughtful about the community you operate in, people want to help you. For me this has proven to be true in the hardest times. When money has been tight and things feel really hard some of the people I would have least expected to be helpful have delivered more than I expected, lent a helping hand or opened a door for my business. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs I know are really good at asking. I’ve been amazed at their boldness when they’ve asked me for something. But to be honest, most often, I’m happy to give it to them. This is what entrepreneurship is all about: relationships. Relationships that matter and are mutually beneficial. You have to remember this when things are good and hard. You never know what people are going through and your kindness can make a big difference. Everything in business is a two way street.
To Your Success,
This article is part of the blog series “The Days in the Life of an Entrepreneur.”