Monday, June 22, 2009

Making Sacrifices for the Greater Good

Yesterday I was talking to a close family member. She was saying that she wants a this, and a that, and a this- right now! Nothing at all wrong with her assertions. But where she is in life just now, she has but one more bite-the-bullet year to arrive at where she wants to go- but she must stay the current course until she gets there. As my very fun and youthful grandmother used to say, "I'm going to keep on keepin' on."

My encouraging my family member made me reflect on my own circumstances. I have sacrificed a lot- or rather, have delayed my gratification a lot- to both be where I am and get where I'm going.

I believe to be successful in business, one has to be comprised of oh so many things- excellent visionary, excellent marketer, excellent motivator, excellent people manager- and those things that are lacking; I either have through my business partner or I hire them done for me! (Nothing wrong in that.)

Yet, it's important when one begins on this profitable business quest- that you understand and be willing to delay your gratification for the purpose of the bigger picture.

How long will that take? Good question. It depends on where you are now and where you want to be in the future.

I can do what I want all day long. No one tells me anything about anything. To me, that's incredibly successful. I get up when I want, I eat when I want, I go where I want, I talk to who I want- anytime I want. However, with that privilege, and it is a privilege, comes responsibility.

If I abuse my responsibility and blow off too many key projects- I'll be in trouble. Right now, there are four major things I need to be working on this month. I will not see the fruit of my labor for several weeks- and I will not see the full impact of my actions today for perhaps a full two years.

What must I do in the meantime? Sacrifice. I can not have it all right now. Nor, would I want it because I am very, very keen on what puts money in my pocket and what takes it out! I don't enjoy making money just to turn around and blow it on liabilities. Nothing burns my biscuts more than that! I told someone last year in a business meeting- "You won't believe how much money I won't spend."

As I've shared before, I know I am painfully lacking in office and administration skills- (That's like:::::pops like, :::::...flips blond hair to the other side.......:::: um, boring- ya know?) So I understand that I must sacrifice some of my pay to someone who's better, far better than myself. If I go out and blow that money that needs to be put towards a higher set of skills than I have- what is going to happen to my business? Uh, huh. Not good.

I understand that I must sow and sow and sow into my plan for several months or years, if need be- until I see my full result.

What's my result? I'm very clear. All said and done, I'm consistently grossing in the millions year after year.

What's even more clear is that I have to delay some of the things I'd maybe really enjoy having right now, to get there.

Not much is said today about the importance of sacrifice and self-discipline. These are just essential if one truly wants more- one must expect more from themselves. Nothing great comes without work and without some amount of discipline.

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.

That's what I'm talkin' about, Willis.


  1. I like what you are saying about sacrifice and self-discipline. I had to find about it a hard way.
    Success requires effort.

  2. :::sigh::: I had to find out about it the hard way too! I notice to the degree I make myself uncomfortable and raise the bar and come out of my little box- is usually the same degree that really good stuff starts happening. Weird, huh? Is it the same for you?
    Thank you for following-
    Luv, EC xxxo