As a busy entrepreneur, you spend the lion’s share of your day meeting the needs of others. You’re actively tackling the needs of your clients, your employees, your accountant, that weird guy on Linkedin with his connection request….you get the picture. Your day is all about others and their requests. How about you and your business? Did you know that your business has needs, too?
Although most entrepreneurs understand their business has needs, the biggest challenge is to prioritize those needs. Most times the needs of the business are postponed to what is hoped to be a more convenient time. You know what that means – the needs of the business, like strategic thinking, planning, and execution, are seldom met.
There’s much to learn about meeting your business needs from the announcement heard while flying – Put your oxygen mask on before assisting others. The airline industry knows you’re not any good to anyone else if you’re unconscious. The same principle applies to your business.
When you meet your business needs first, things get exciting! Your business becomes stronger and grows more rapidly. And, you’re able to meet the needs of others in a much different – and better – way.
Needless to say, it takes great courage to help yourself and your business before helping others. It seems to go against conventional wisdom. Tell us what you think. Is putting your business needs first a challenge for you? How have you restructured your business to meet your needs first?