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A few more reasons to love small businesses

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are the Top 10 Reasons to Love Small Business, as proposed by our friends over at the Office of Advocacy of the SBA.
10. Small businesses make up more than 99.7 percent of all employers
9. Small businesses create more than 50 percent of the non-farm private gross domestic product (GDP)

8. Small patenting firms produce 16 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms

7. The 28.2 million small business in the United States are located in virtually every neighborhood
6. Small businesses employ almost 50 percent of all private sector workers

5. Home-based businesses account for 52 percent of all small businesses

4. Small businesses make up 98 percent of exporters and produce 33 percent of all export value

3. Small businesses with employees start up at a rate of over 500,000 per year

2. Four years after start-up, half of all small businesses with employees remain open

1. The latest figures show that small businesses create 63 percent of the net new jobs in our economy

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Secret to Success? Mind Over Matter

Have you ever seen someone who moved objects with their mind, or bent a spoon by merely concentrating on it?  Telekinesis, as defined by Webster, is the power to move an object by psychic force alone. Mind over matter.
The idea of telekinesis has fascinated humans for millennia, including this human. Like me, you probably have a healthy level of skepticism about such claims. But what would you say if I said you are capable of telekinesis?
If you have ever done any physical training, you know that your body constantly sends messages to your brain that it’s ready to shut down.  When that first dissenting word from your leg muscles hit your brain did you obey, or did you send back a message that those muscles would just have to tough it out?  Sometimes one side of your brain, the side focused on your goal, has to have a word with the other side, the one that is a close friend with comfort.
At some time in our lives, most of us ran, jumped, cycled, lifted, swam, etc., at performance levels beyond which seemed possible to us in the early stages of training. We learned that building strength and endurance requires our body’s comfort to become subordinate to attaining a goal we had set.  What is that if not mind over matter?
As small business owners, we perform a kind of entrepreneurial telekinesis every day.  We accomplish things that marketplace pedestrians would say are impossible.  And if you think I’m using the term telekinesis too loosely, what else would you call it when a small business owner defies the marketplace, the competition, and conventional thought by not only surviving, but actually thriving? Your entrepreneurial mind has the potential to defy the odds, the gravity of the marketplace, and matter, as we know it.
Will is an intangible force created by another intangible, desire. As you desire to move your business forward, whenever the matter is weak, you compensate with will.  Mind over matter.
But don’t try this on spoons.

Train yourself every day for the future

In the world of runners there are two kinds: sprinters and distance runners.  To be sure, sprinters must train long and hard to be successful.  But when it comes to the actual event, in 10 to 40 seconds it’s over.  Raw, explosive muscle power, pushing the body to the extreme, but not much mental taxation.
Like sprinters, distance runners have to train plenty; but their event often seems as much a test of mind, spirit and will, as it is a demonstration of conditioning, strength and endurance.
Small business owners are more like distance runners than sprinters.  Even if we have the fundamentals (strength) and the experience (conditioning), all of the stuff that we have to deal with, sometimes all alone, sorely tests our spiritual mettle (endurance).  Like a distance runner, a small business owner often moves forward more on sheer will than anything else.
In his inspirational book What’s The Rush, my friend Jim Ballard says, “When you feel overwhelmed and want to quit, pick out a landmark just ahead-a light pole, a house, a tree-and agree to run only that far.”

Jim is a runner, but his words are meant for every test of our strength and will. I use this mental drill when it looks like I am more likely to be prey than predator. I make an agreement with myself to just take things one day at a time - sometimes one hour at a time - and it helps me stay focused on the present stretch of the race.

However far ahead you place your light pole, focusing on that way-point instead of the finish line will help your mettle withstand the stress. You can’t cross the finish line halfway through the race. So if you can’t solve next week’s problems today, don’t let them trip you up today.

I have a little prayer that helps me get to my next light pole:  You and me, Lord, one day at a time.

On your mark. Get set. Go!

Until Next Time: Maintain Your Uniqueness

Do you spend a lot of time worrying what others think about your ideas? If you have what you think is a great idea, something you are passionate about, do you drop it when someone else shoots it down? Obviously, it’s good to bounce ideas off of those you trust. But ultimately, you are the best judge of your own idea.

Did you know that Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book was rejected 23 times? If he hadn’t believed in his idea, the world might never have know about Sam and his green eggs and ham.

In his excellent book, The Mentor, our friend and Brain Trust member, Jack Carew, says, “Use your uniqueness. What you do and how you do it is distinct and special.” Try as they might, others may not be able to properly evaluate your unique way of looking at something. More than likely, they will focus on the something and not the unique way you see it.

Of course, do your research. Yes, talk with other people. But don’t do research to find out if what you are thinking is a good idea as much as to find out how to make improvements. Listen and learn, but don’t discount what Jack calls “your uniqueness.”

Now. I’ve got this idea for green milk. Whaddaya think?

Thanks for being part of my community. I’ll see you on the radio and the Internet.

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