Saturday, November 28, 2009

What I'm thankful for

I have so much in my life to be thankful for, and I hope that there is never a day in my life that I take any of it for granted. But specifically thinking about Bizango, I'm grateful for not only still being in business, but happily so, together with Mark. Despite the rotten economy, the slow months, the endless number of things that can keep a small business owner up at night, the end result is: we're still here doing our thing.

I think survival in business is about not only being good at what you do, and cultivating relationships within your community, but also about persistence, flexibility, creativity and ultimately being happy with what you do. It takes skill (and perhaps learning by trial and error) to balance the compromises you make in business in order to pay the bills, and the choices you make to not compromise your integrity or devalue your work. This balance is never easy, but it helps knowing your limits. Its this knowing what you will and won't do in business, that actually allows you to be confident and to be flexible as to how you achieve success.

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