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3 Reasons Why You Should Be Your Business's Greatest Ally and Worst Critic

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 15, 2008

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How Much Do You Love Your Business?

Discover 3 reasons why you should be your staunchest supporter and your hardest hitting critic.

Learn how being both of these things in relation to your business will help you to achieve success.


He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

You may remember a childhood game where you took a flower and one by one, removed its petals reciting, "He loves me," for the first petal and upon tearing it away reaching for the next to tear, saying, "He loves me not". This pattern would repeat itself until the flower was systematically depleted of its beauty and only the stem remained.

Although you may not realize it, you engage in a subtle variation of this activity every day in your business, however as you have well noticed, the stakes are much higher now than they were in the days of "He or she loves me," or, "He or she loves me not".

What you say or do with those figurative petals now, whether they be favorable or not, have very real outcomes and are not just flights of fancy.


Love Your Business and Constructively Criticize Your Business

As the poet Keats once wrote in his Ode on a Grecian Urn, "Truth is beauty, beauty truth." I believe this line of poetry has deep meaning and directly applies to this discussion.

To thrive and perpetually grow your voice over business, you need to possess the capacity to both love your business intensely and also be the curmudgeon in the corner who casts down brutal honesty through showers of tough love.


Here are 3 reasons why you need to be your greatest champion and worst critic:

1. No one cares or will ever care as deeply about your business as you do.
2. Only you can make choices that define and propel your business.
3. You know your business best and what's best for your business.


It's All About Love

No one else but you takes your business home after work and thinks about it at dinner, in the evening, during the wee hours of the morning or when you wake up.

It's pure passion, sheer intensity and an insatiable drive that separates entrepreneurs from hobbyists, which is why when all is said and done, the entrepreneur is the master and commander of their business.

You truly have to "get it" and have it "within you" to succeed in business when it's "you" who encapsulates the brand.

This takes love, time, dedication and a willingness to look at your business from all angles to improve upon areas that are in need.


You Are Your Business' Only Constant

Once you've plucked each petal from the stem, all that's left is the stem; now imagine that you are that stem, and by virtue of that fact, all that is left is you.

If you think of yourself as the stem and everything you do as petals of a beautiful flower that serve as your shining moments, activities you partake in and identified areas of improvement, this analogy may serve you well in your business and beyond.

The only thing that differs in our story is that the petals have a way of blossoming again as fueled by your passion so that you can continuously prune to rejuvenate your business and experience ongoing growth.

How's that for inspiration?


Any Comments?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Stephanie

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Related Topics: ally, business, child, critic, flowers, growth, he loves me he loves me not, inspiration


Comments


    Inspirational indeed Stephanie.

    It's often the hard reality that no one will care about your business as much as you do that can be leveraged into the motivation to take action.

    Thanks for starting the discussion.

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    • David
    • October 15, 2008 11:51 AM

      In my case, I find myself being only critical of my business. Regardless, I am certainly motivated by this discussion in being our own biggest fan and best advocate.

      I love good metaphors.
      And I will take with me the blooming petals of my actions for the rest of my life. Though I have yet to actually start my personal voice-over business, I yearn to learn more in getting in the industry. And I can only hope to win your "Proven Voice-Over Techniques" disc.

      Thank you for reminding me of Keats from my freshman year in college. I am a stem capable of unlimited proportions, and it is now thanks to your analyses of wisdom.

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      • Joeran
      • October 15, 2008 6:25 PM

        That's a great perspective indeed.

        Namaste,

        John David Hart

        Posted by:
        • John David Hart
        • October 16, 2008 1:21 PM

          Good topic Stephanie. I would add that a critique from a trusted colleague goes a long way towards helping you see what parts of your performance you should keep and what needs to be refined or discarded.

          Ultimately no one is responsible for me except me. But encouragement and direction from others helps us distinguish the nuggets from the surrounding grit.

          Posted by:
          • Mike Forrester
          • October 16, 2008 6:07 PM

            It's true that we need to be tough with ourselves in order to keep improving, yet always remaining positive.

            Good thoughts.

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