There’s a quote that hangs on the bulletin board above my desk, right beside a picture of the main reasons why I seek to get better every day: my two children. It’s not one of the typical business quotes you see in someone’s office, but it’s a quote that has motivated me over the years to do my best work.
It was stated centuries ago by the wisest and one of the richest men who has ever walked on earth. His wisdom was well-known abroad and many traveled great distances to learn from him. He amassed great riches during his life and freely offered business advice to any who would receive it.
So when I came across his quote, I took note.
“The desire of the lazy man puts him to death, for his hands refuse to work. All day long he dreams of getting rich, while the righteous works and gives without holding back.” ~King Solomon – Proverbs 21:25, 26
Let me explain how this can relate to business success today. Many beginning entrepreneurs have the idea of quick success in their mind. They feel that if they create a blog or website and add valuable content, they will immediately have paying customers knocking at their door.
Others may understand the need to market their content in some way, and will start out gung ho; using every marketing technique they’ve learned. However, when their business doesn’t grow as quickly as they imagined it would, they become discouraged and begin to infrequently add content and market or they quit all-together.
But this doesn’t have to be the case.
The Sure Recipe
In the quote above, there is a sure recipe for business success. The first ingredient is obvious: you can’t be lazy and expect success. That’s easy to understand. You can read other entrepreneurs’ success stories and dream all day about it happening to you, but without the required work, it won’t happen. You can’t be a “sometime” entrepreneur or marketer and expect to experience the same business success of those who work hard to achieve it.
So we probably all agree with the first ingredient. However, it was the second ingredient that really caught my attention: “…the righteous works and gives without holding back.” So those who are successful (the righteous) do the necessary work, but they also give “without holding back.”
How many times have we heard, it’s in giving that we get. Giving away our knowledge, our time, and our support in order to help someone else succeed. It’s by shining the spotlight on someone else, away from ourselves. It’s by promoting one of our clients or faithful subscribers and helping their business grow.
It’s by decreasing our marketing messages and increasing our valuable content aimed at helping others experience business success. It’s giving without the expectation of getting anything in return.
It‘s by implementing this recipe that we can experience growth, connect authentically with people, and fulfill the dream of true business success.
What do you think? What is your recipe for business success?