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Why are you running the business you have?

Better Business

March 5, 2015

Why are you running the business you have?

Why aren't you recycling tyres? Or making brooms? Or unblocking sewerage? Maybe you don't think those jobs match your skill set. But if you know how to run a business, then the nature of the endeavour being undertaken shouldn't make much difference, should it?

Of course it does. Loads of industries require specialist knowledge. But some don't need much. And some require low skilled workers. And some are very dirty. But they may be very profitable.

So why aren't you running one of those businesses, wearing high vis polyester, having meetings in portable buildings parked on muddy blocks of industrial land? Is it ego? Is it circumstance?

Could you jump into another industry, a grubbier one than the one you are in?
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Early in my career I wanted a career. I wanted to succeed by using my intelligence to do my job. Now I use my intelligence to run my business and layer it with a heap of experience in this industry. But I am much further into my career now and spend more time pondering the "what if's" of life. What if I took the skills I have now and applied them to a different industry, would I be able to make a business work over there? Do I have transferrable skills or just a heap of experience. What if making shed loads of money became the goal instead of finding the best solutions to the myriad of interesting situations that I am privileged to see?

Why are you doing the job that you are doing?
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Could you jump into another industry, a grubbier one than the one you are in? Are you skills transferable or do you just have enough experience to jump over the hurdles instead of crashing into them at full tilt?

Why are you continuing to do what you do? Why am I?