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This week’s article is a light-hearted look at the ten ways to suck at business. I’ve made many mistakes setting up my coaching practice. Behind every mistake is a lesson learned. Every business has ups and downs, good days and bad days no matter how long you’ve been doing it and no matter how much you love it. If you know what not to do, there’s a good chance you’ll make positive decisions that support you to move in the right direction.
Article of the Week: Ten Ways to Suck at Business
There are so many articles out there about success and having breakthroughs in business. I’m all for discovering the myriad of ways that work. However, playing in the nether-regions of failing and falling short of the mark can sometimes teach you more than your accomplishments ever will. This week I got a bit playful and decided to write about how to suck at business. Here are the ten ways to make sure you make a mess of things.
- Adopt a policy of blame. Don’t take responsibility for anything. Blame your abusive parents, societal dysfunction, your profession, your kids, your friends and your suppliers. Blame the weather, the economy or your divorce. Point the finger and never ask ‘how can I change this situation by reframing it so that it works for me in fulfilling and functional ways?’
- Don’t make any plans. Don’t keep a diary and definitely don’t plan more than 24 hours in advance. Do everything at the last minute, including preparing for important meetings and appointments
- Constantly complain. Complain about your customers. Have a good whinge about how tired you feel, how much of a burden it all is and how overwhelmed you feel. Take on the most dastardly states of being you can possibly muster – fatigue, anger, resentment, resistance and fear and add to them by whining about how none of them can be changed. Have a policy of maintaining a bad attitude.
- Be jealous of other people’s success. Practice the art of being Schadenfreude. This is a German word which means ‘harm-joy’ and describes the state of joy or pleasure derived from seeing another fail or suffer misfortune.
- Be miserly. Don’t give away anything for free, don’t let generosity or charity enter the picture. Be a penny pincher and keep as much as you can for yourself. Come from a place of lack. Be certain that there’s not enough for everyone.
- Be suspicious and don’t trust a soul. Keep everything to yourself and guard it jealously in case someone pinches it. Don’t collaborate on anything in case someone steals your ideas. Compete like you’re the only one who matters. Never share openly, honestly or with your heart. Plot and connive to make sure you’re the last one standing.
- Make your business all about you. Don’t think about anyone else but yourself. Don’t come from a place of service and never put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Focus on how you can serve your own selfish needs and impulses.
- Ignore your intuition. Do business with people that make you feel awful and don’t give you a good vibe.
- Surround yourself with other negative people. Misery loves company so find all the other whiners, blamers and complainers and surround yourself with them
- Live in the past. Dwell on all your past failures to ensure you repeat them over and over. Don’t even picture your future success. Make sure you only look back and reflect on everything you’ve lost.
If you can think of any more, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below. If you’re struggling with any of these, I’d also love to hear your guilty confession. One of my biggest challenges has been around blame and responsibility. For years I blamed my single parent status and a whole host of other things that kept me stuck in a place of victimhood. It wasn’t until I took full responsibility for my thoughts, words and actions that things started to shift – in a big way. I still relapse from time to time. We’re all human beings doing the best we can. What is the one thing you have the biggest challenge with from the list above and how can you set about changing it?