Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony this life
Trying to make ends meet,
you’re a slave to the money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah
These are lyrics from Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, it’s what’s playing on Pandora this very moment and it gave me a flash of inspiration. It’s such a totally awesome song on so many levels, especially the big picture level. Listening to this song made me think about money, survival and how sometimes business owners are tempted to take any business they can get- I’ve always been careful to steer away from working on projects and people who don’t resonate with me… But lately there’s been a little nagging sensation leading me down the path of intention- seeking out only projects and people that I DO resonate with. There’s a big difference.
It’s so easy to get caught up in that Hamster Wheel Of Life that keeps you running running running and pretty soon you are so completely out of touch with what you do and don’t want to be doing, and then there are The Bills, and you start to feel like “a slave to the money”. If you give in to that feeling, pretty soon you aren’t making the right decisions for the right reason, you don’t like what you do, you don’t like who you’re working for… and worst of all, you might not like yourself very much either.
Like most working parents and business owners, I constantly feel pulled in a hundred directions- school parties, prospect meetings, packing lunches, balancing budgets, volunteering my time, nursing my son’s bruises and our clients’ bruised egos, nurturing staff, growing a business and oh… time for my husband… and me?
Its more important than ever to slow down and prioritize. For me, it’s placing a high priority on relationships and the people I surround myself and the almighty dollar just can’t factor into that. I can’t take a job for the sake of collecting paycheck. It might sound like a rosy and impossible philosophy, but the funny thing is, when I’ve waivered from this I’ve lost money, and when I stick to it, I get the best results because of the chemistry that comes only with working with wonderful people. And you know what that does? It leads to financial success.
Working with people I love is a non-negotiable in running my business. What’s yours?