Small business owners tackle risks

Photo credit to DandB

Photo credit to DandB

A friend of mine with a good job once observed, “It must be frightening being a small business owner. You know, not having a guaranteed paycheck, benefits, and all.”

I told him, “You’re right. It scares the hell out of me.” And then, remembering being downsized twice in 18 months, I hit him with, “It’s almost as frightening as when I was an employee.”
In that spirit, here’s a jewel I came across by John A. Shedd, American author and professor, from his 1928 book Salt from My Attic.
“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for.”
Were you built for the safe harbor of employment? If so, God bless you. The world needs lots of loyal, productive employees.
Or were you made to sail the entrepreneurial open seas? If so, God be with you. You’re not part of a large fleet, you navigate by the stars of the marketplace, and the storms, reefs, and pirates of the marketplace take no prisoners.
If you’re made to sail and not to lie at anchor, you’ll not only know storms, reefs, and pirates, but you’ll also know what your ship is made of. Perspectives not possible at anchor and voyages of which others can only dream.
All of life is a risk. Raising anchor and setting sail merely introduces you to different kinds of risks from those found in a safe harbor.

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